ChiArts Seeks Self-Care Amidst the Pandemic

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by Trinity Simmons-Brooks

The Coronavirus Pandemic caught all of us off guard. It seems like it’s been a year since we’ve all been in a proper school setting.

But how have people coped with this drastic change?

“I’ve been taking walks and going outside. I’ve also started to understand my feelings and others’ feelings,” said senior instrumentalist Nina Touboul, a student at the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts). “I’m starting to understand that some people have it harder than me,” she added. 

During these hard times, it can be hard to focus and think about the people around you especially at the beginning of the pandemic when everyone was buying out all the tissue, soaps, and other basic need items — which, shockingly, ran out of stock really fast. 

But Touboul wasn’t the only one doing some self-care during this pandemic.

Jen Larson, a Diverse Learners teacher at ChiArts talked about how she balances work, school, and personal goals.

“I absolutely have so much work on the computer. I have work, I have grad school, and writing a book. So I’m on the computer all the time,” Larson said.

Larson said she is focusing on cooking meals for herself, and keeping her workspace organized.

“I have to make sure I’m going outside, taking walks, and I just got a new dog so that’s actually forcing me to go on walks,” Larson said.

At the beginning of quarantine, we all did our spring cleaning early, did some self-care, and cried ourselves to sleep. But now that the year is almost over and it’s been officially 10 months of quarantine, let’s take time to get back in the grove of being happy and healthy for this brand new year.

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