Even the smallest differences go a long way in quarantine


Tess Weinreich

Intermediate school math teacher Sharyn Stein makes a difference by hosting a food drive out her car.

Brennan Kalinowski, Staff Writer

This quarantine has cancelled many of our past, current, and future plans all the while keeping us stuck at home. As you may be bored out of your mind at the moment, here are a few activities that go beyond yourself, meaning that they will help both you and others stay safe, happy, and healthy during this uncharted time in history. 

  1. For those who can drive: delivering groceries for the elderly. 
    Since the elderly are more susceptible to the virus itself, ideally, they should remain indoors and in quarantine at all times. If you have neighbors who are older and need help, please offer to purchase and deliver groceries for them.
  2. Calling/Facetiming friends and family members more often.
    During this quarantine we are left unable to meet and communicate with our friends and family. Facetiming/Zoom calling family and friends is not just a great opportunity to talk to them, but it can relieve some of the stress and sadness associated with staying at home.
  3. Baking.
    Baking is a great way for some to relieve stress and unwind. Hopefully, it allows  you to create a treat for everyone in your household to enjoy.
  4. Supporting local businesses.
    Many are struggling to stay in business with extreme pay cuts and very little funding from the government. Purchasing from small, local businesses can make a huge difference to make up for their loss of profits during quarantine.
  5. Gardening.
    I know to some of you, this might sound silly, but I have found that watering and planting soothes me and helps the environment (and also gives you lemons).
  6. Family Dinners.
    No extracurriculars and online learning certainly gave me a chance, for the first time in years, to sit down and have proper family dinners everyday. It is a great way to destress and enjoy each other’s company.
  7. Spreading positivity.
    Staying indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19 can take its toll on people’s mental health. Spread positivity, comfort, and well wishes to your friends, family, and community members. You never know who might need it.