Mental health truths amid the coronavirus

Emily Dvareckas, Photo Editor

The Coronavirus has been rough. There are a lot of adjectives that could describe the last few months. We went from hearing of a new virus that was infecting dozens in China to now being scared of breathing in the air around us. We are living in a real-life Plague Inc. simulation.

As someone with depression, this forced isolation has caused me to start turning in the direction of going into a depression pit. Those days where I can’t bring myself to get out of bed or leave the house. It takes a lot of energy and self strength to pull myself out of that place.
I had created a structure in my every day life to stop myself from falling into the depression pit. Now, this structure I worked so hard to build is starting to crumble as we are told to stay home.
Outside of family members, I haven’t been able to have human interaction since my work closed down and I haven’t had any reason to get out of my pajamas. Each day has consisted of wishing for the next day and hoping the Coronavirus goes away. I know I can’t be the only one feeling this way.
Our generation has high levels of depression and with RWU being shut down for the remainder of the semester, the structure that students have created has been affected. We are transitioning to online classes. Now is the time to create structured days that are within our homes, instead of our dorms.
My advice to you all is to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and take a walk. Clear your mind and find a quiet place to do your schoolwork. This is an intense change that affects all aspects of our lives so take care of yourselves, mentally and physically. We will get through this. I wish you all the best of luck.