Posted by: bluesyemre | May 20, 2020

Stop trying to be everything during #Quarantine #YolaRobert

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We need to stop putting the pressure of trying to be everything while in quarantine. GETTY

Stop trying to be everything during quarantine. The pandemic and its side effects, such as quarantine, have caused enough added stress in our lives. If you find yourself feeling like you aren’t accomplishing enough during quarantine take a step back. Your to-do list may include everything from gardening, interior decorating, baking, TikTok, podcasting, painting, writing a book and working out. But the truth is adding the pressure to master everything while being stuck at home isn’t going to help us get through these tough times. It’s okay to not go viral online or figure out the perfect banana bread recipe while turning your home into a mini green house. The most important thing we can do during this time is to focus on our health-mental and physical.

Actress Jameela Jamil shared her advice in a new video, for the Child Mind Institute’s #WeThriveInside campaign, on how she puts her mind at ease during the pandemic. Jamil opened up about her struggle with anxiety especially during this time. She then went on to share that consuming comedic content helps cheer her up and ended the video with solid advice on what we should be focusing on. “You don’t have to be creative, you don’t have to be productive, you don’t have to get thinner, all you have to do is stay alive and try to stay calm,” Jamil said.

Jamil touched on several great points that many of us have added emphasis on while staying inside: be creative, be productive. When really we should be emphasizing trying to stay alive and remaining calm. Although being creative or productive aren’t necessarily bad during this time, we have prioritized them above our mental well-being. It’s possible that we are trying to overcompensate for what we see as a loss of “freedom” of having to stay inside with unrealistic expectations of what it means to be creative and productive.

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