Anabelle Lam – Mustangs Ahead 

free medical pix.jpeg(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – As of last week Mustangs and residents all over Florida are under the stay-at-home order issued by Governor Ron DeSantis due to the coronavirus. All nonessential activities and businesses have been put to a stop and residents have been asked to remain home.  

This lack of social contact and general fear of the pandemic can take a large toll on everyone’s’ mental health.  

Many people rely on routines to get them through their days, but with this pandemic, many have had to abruptly change this routine by doing things such as working from home or doing online schooling.  

This can cause people to feel directionless with their days as they can’t go out and do things that were part of their daily routines like going to the gym.  

But there are many ways to help ease the stress of being at home. Some tips to help with stress and coping include:  

  • Staying active  

Just because gyms are closed doesn’t mean you still can’t stay active. You can take a walk or run around your neighborhood (adhering to the social distancing guidelines), do yoga, or follow at-home workout videos.  

Sophomore Nicole Hyer said, “Even though I’m at home I’m trying to stay in shape as much as possible. I’ve been keeping up with workouts that my coaches have been sending me and doing them almost every day.” 

  • Keeping routines  

Even though most people are staying home for work/school the WHO (World Health Organization), tells the public to stick with their daily routines as much as possible. This means waking up at the same time as you normally would, getting ready, etc.  

  • Take breaks from the news  

Being immersed in the news 24/7 can lead to unnecessary panic and stress. Try only checking the news occasionally and only from the most reliable sources like the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO.  

Although social distancing may be hard, it’s important to remember that these rules are essential in the fight against the coronavirus and helps everyone get one step closer back to normal. 

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