The Effects of COVID-19

If Covid-19 has taught me anything, it’s to expect the unexpected, no matter what. COVID came out of nowhere, infiltrating our lives in ways we couldn’t have imagined, throwing us through multiple loops, and challenging everyone to step into the “new normal.” Throughout my research on Covid-19, I’ve learned so many different things about it, including common symptoms/what it is like to have the virus, the affect it has on mental health, and the everyday interferences it has.

Starting with the mental health side of COVID, it has, understandably, taken its toll on many peoples mental health. The lives of millions of people have been altered, creating great change, stress, and anxiety about money, food, jobs, and school. The anxiety and stress about these issues can lead to increased mental health issues, as talked about by Robby Berman in his article, “US Cases of Depression Have Tripled During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/us-cases-of-depression-have-tripled-during-the-covid-19-pandemic. Berman first explains that according to a major study taken during the pandemic at Boston University,  researchers “estimate that more than 1 in 4 U.S. adults now report experiencing symptoms of depression,” (Berman, 2020).  He then goes on to explain that the reasons for this increase in depression and anxiety among young adults can include, “death of a friend or loved one,” “financial worries,” and “loss of personal income.” The stress of not knowing where your next meal will come from or whether or not you’ll be able to keep your house can cause anyone to spiral into mental health issues, which sadly, is not avoidable with the current pandemic.

Now, when talking about the symptoms of Covid-19 and how it affects the body, I’ve learned so much from the research I’ve done, as well as my personal experiences. Back before COVID was announced and it was widely feared, the beginning of January, I fell very ill. I had a 103 degree fever, body aches, fatigue, and widespread chills throughout my body. Later down the line, I learned that I actually had COVID before it was known in the United States. Not only did I learn first hand what it feels like, but from the research I’ve done, I’ve been able to understand how other people felt when they had it. According to a staff writer from Mhealth in their article What Does it Feel Like to Have Covid-19, “Mild cases of COVID-19 share plenty of symptoms in common with seasonal respiratory illnesses…Not everyone will experience the same level of severity. Some who have tested positive for COVID-19 remain largely asymptomatic…Other non-specific symptoms can include sore throat, fatigue, myalgia or muscle aches, diarrhea and headache similar to cold and flu symptoms,” (Mhealth, 2020). By clicking the following link, you will be led to more COVID symptom research; https://www.mhealth.org/blog/2020/april-2020/covid-19-symptoms-and-when-to-seek-help. COVID does not have one specific symptom, and it is not the same for everyone. Some people are extremely asymptomatic, so they feel absolutely nothing, while other people are down for weeks, like I was.

Throughout this term of UNST, I have had the experience to learn more about COVID and understand it better. At the beginning of the pandemic, I felt scared and lost because I didn’t fully understand what was going on and how I would be affected. Now, there are still many potholes. No one knows exactly when this pandemic will end or when we will be able to “go back to normal,” but through this research, I’ve been able to understand the precautions and what COVID really is a bit more.

Realities

11 May 2020

When I started this blog, over a year ago, I was in a dark place with my mental health, and I didn’t even realize it. At the time, I weighed much less than what was healthy for my body, I was sad, crying almost everyday, and I let what I thought of my physical appearance take over my whole world. Since then, I have learned that the road to recovery is not easy, rather one of the hardest things someone has to go through. Today, I recognize that I will truly never be recovered, but I will always be striving to better myself and my mental health. I still have days where I want to curl up into a ball and never leave bed because I’m so down or self-conscious about my body, but I have come to terms with the fact that recovery isn’t linear. It will have many ups and down and bumps in the road, but I want to use my hardships and victories to help motivate people who are going through the same thing I am. I want to be a friend, a companion, and a motivator to anyone who feels that they will never conquer the demons they call mental health. This blog is a sanctuary to anyone who is struggling, a safe space to be yourself, and a reminder that everything will get better.

2019 Goals…

It’s safe to say that just like most people I know, 2018 was a rollercoaster of emotions and life was, to say the least, a wild ride. While many amazing things happened in this year, meeting my girlfriend, turning seventeen years old, discovering a new sense of style, 2018 also came with many downs, some that effected me more than I could have imagined. This was the year that my mental health took a drastic turn for the worst at times, I struggled with self image, and I lacked the motivation that I longed to have.

While I wish that 2018 had turned out just a bit differently, we are now in the new year, which means that it is time to let go of the past and work on bettering myself.

  • Start going to therapy to work on the mental health
  • Start working out again, as it was a passion of mine
  • Eat healthy! You know it makes you feel good!
  • Take dance classes!
  • On that topic, try things you have always wanted to (voice lessons, piano lessons, dance)
  • Stop saying negative things about myself
  • Experiment with new styles and trends
  • Even though you’re eating healthy, enjoy yourself. Don’t be so uptight.
  • Try new foods!
  • Go out more, you’re graduating. Enjoy life.
  • Graduate!!
  • Move to San Diego
  • Get a job
  • Get ya license, it’s time. you know it.
  • Go to karaoke, you enjoyed it last time
  • Cook more meals at home
  • Dye my hair
  •  Maybe? Do a solo? At spring concert?
  • Go to concerts!
  • Even if they’re small, go on some trips
  • Stop doubting myself
  • Start enjoying life.

The Best Things About Autumn…

“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been!” -Percy Bysshe Shelley

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-The feeling of the first Autumn breeze, the first cool day of the year

– Watching the first Autumnal Harry Potter weekend while snuggled up in a fuzzy blanket

-The Endless amounts of fuzzy socks that are worn

-The baking! The fresh smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, and apple that fill the air, then indulging in amazing treats

-The very first orange leaf that pops up on the tree that you pass by everyday on the way to school

-The acoustic music that plays on repeat throughout the Autumn months

-The Autumn fashion; sweaters, boots, button up skirts, tights, you name it, we love it

-Freeforms 31 days of Halloween, those movies will get you in the spirit!

-The fall flavored coffee’s that come out

-Halloween decorations galore, cobwebs and all, an absolute 10 out 10

-Planning the best Halloween costume

-Rainy movie days consisting of popcorn and cookies

-Handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween night

-The Spooky feeling that fills the air throughout the month of October

-The light, freeness you feel because Autumn is a new beginning that must be taken advantage of. Enjoy every last moment of it.

September Goals…

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” -Helen Hunt Jackson

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  • do yoga much more often
  • start decorating for fall
  • gather more Halloween decorations
  • only order take out once in a while
  • paint on a canvas
  • keep my gpa up
  • stay on top of my bullet journal
  • stop putting so much pressure on myself
  • make time for myself during the week
  • try new recipes (baking and cooking)
  • try to walk 10k steps a day
  • hang out with friends more often
  • blog a lot more
  • find a way to make moola
  • EAT! ALL! OF! MY! MEALS!
  • plan an amazing homecoming
  • read pride and prejudice!
  • try outfits that are outside of my comfort zone
  • listen to new music
  • be happy

when you’re in need of a pick me up…

“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” -Lou Rawls

  • come on eileen- dexys midnight runners
  • this must be my dream- the 1975
  • no matter what- badfinger
  • come and get your love- redbone
  • parking lots- plums
  • love my way- the psychedelic furs
  • my girl- the temptations
  • 1999- prince
  • out of my league- fitz and the tantrums
  • dog days are over- florence and the machines
  • sleepyhead- passion pit
  • sunflower- rex orange county