Apr 20 2020

Things To Do During Quarantine

by blogemu

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. We are in the midst of a mandated quarantine. That’s right. Therefore, it’s important that we all stay in, stay safe, and stay hopeful. If you are struggling to find inner peace and are running out of things to do, here are some tips to help you get the most out of your downtime:

Practice self-care
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Light candles. Write in your journals. FaceTime family and friends. Take virtual classes. Get on TikTok. This is a moment to relax and reclaim your time. You do not need to feel like you can’t take a break. While this quarantine is here to keep citizens safe, it is also a chance to figure out what your next moves are in life. See it as a stoplight that will eventually turn green one day. It isn’t a roadblock you’ll never get past.

Do your homework
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I know it’s hard to stay focused, but don’t let schoolwork get away from you. Please remember that an education is a terrible thing to waste. You have worked hard to get to this point. Whether you are a freshman or someone crossing the finish line, please be persistent. Also, be kind to your professors at this time. They had to make face-to-face classes adapt to an online format. So, do your part by meeting deadlines-and sending emails if you need extensions.
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Advocate for yourself and your community
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Don’t forget there are people on the front lines fighting for the health of this country. Stand up for them. Understand that we must all come together to protect one another. Do not buy all the gloves, hand sanitizers and face masks. Health personnel need those supplies to save those affected by the COVID-19 virus. Furthermore, if you see someone mistreating essential workers, people of certain ethnic backgrounds, and not adhering by the CDC rules and regulations, speak up. No one deserves to be disrespected or put in a compromised position, especially in the face of a pandemic.
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Lean on family and friends
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If you never showed love to the people who love you, this is the time to do so. People are sadly losing their lives and not getting a chance to hear from their loved ones before passing. Stay in contact with your family and friends. Let them know you miss them, you love them, and are concerned about them. If anything, this virus showcases the importance of family. Materialistic means are nothing without people to enjoy it with.
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These are just some things you can do to be of assistance to the world. Don’t be afraid to watch the news. Take time for yourself. Try to not let anxiety consume you. We will get through this. We are Eagles and we are stronger together.

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About the writer:

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. Gabrielle Reed is a senior majoring in Communication and double-minoring in Leadership and Women and Gender Studies. She is an Honors College Student and a McNair Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in the media as well as teaching on the university level. She is a Resident Advisor, a sister in the You Beautiful Black Woman Epsilon Chapter, and she is apart of organizations such as Black Media Association and many others.

Apr 19 2020

Five Ways To Practice Self Care During Quarantine

by blogemu

  

. With all that is going on in our world today, it can be a bit overwhelming. Being cooped up in the house for long isn’t good for anyone. While most of us are being restrained to our homes, we still have work that needs to get done. With work getting done and the stress of what’s happening in the news, we often forget to take care of ourselves. This is a time where using self care can be the most beneficial. It allows you to take a break from the news, from your work and stress and gives you a chance to enjoy yourself. There are so many different ways to replenish the different aspects of yourself but here are five ways you can practice self care during quarantine.

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. One way would be to start a new light physical activity. While we are on lockdown, you are still able to go on walks or bike rides. Getting out of the house for just an hour can be very refreshing. You’re also getting active while enjoying nature and the fresh air it provides. There are also plenty of ways to stay active indoors. You can find workout routines on Youtube or Pinterest for all different skill levels as well as routines that don’t require any type of workout equipment.

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The second way you can practice self care is picking up a new hobby. Finding something new that sounds interesting or maybe something you’ve always wanted to do. You can go back to an old hobby you’ve gotten too busy for. Whether it be painting, knitting, reading books, or writing. There are plenty of things that can be done inside and if you don’t have what you need, try to order it online so that way you’re being safe and keeping everyone around you safe while still keeping yourself entertained.
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This is probably the most common way people have been keeping occupied but try watching some television. Sure, this does not initially sound like self care but watching an episode or five of your favorite TV show or something new is a good way to take a break. It can be a break from school work or from keeping up with what’s going on in the news but either way it allows you to focus on something lighter or maybe someone else’s drama instead of focusing on quarantine.

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The fourth way you could practice self care in quarantine is to reorganize your living space. Your living room, bedroom, office, or any space that you feel could use a change or some livening up. This gives you some activity to focus on and once it’s all done it gives you a new, cleaner space to work with. Having that more organized space can also be a mood booster compared to working in a messier, disorganized space.

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The last way you can practice self care during quarantine is to watch some TED talks or find some educational podcasts. These can cover so many different topics from spirituality to self discipline. The TED talks app and youtube page has an extensive catalog that can be utilized for free. Spotify and Apple also have a huge selection of podcasts that can be found for topics like these as well from language learning to what’s going on in the world of science. This can be a great way to educate yourself or better yourself in a time like this.

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Hopefully you find all of these different ways to practice self care useful and are able to try some of them soon. Trying them could just give you something good to feel about and something positive to look forward to. They could also help keep the boredom away for just a bit longer until this quarantine ends. Remember to stay home and stay safe!

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About the writer:

Hello! My name is Jaleia Woods and I am a junior studying German and geography. I enjoy learning about German culture and playing with my cat Vega!

Apr 09 2020

How to Eat Healthy During the COVID-19 quarantine

by blogemu

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.    Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables can be tough, but it’s been especially difficult now that fresh fruit and vegetables are racing off the store shelves. The “stay home, stay safe” mentality has people buying items in bulk causing shortages, and one can see from the bare spots in the produce aisle the truth in this.

.  While fresh is always best, frozen and canned items can still offer beneficial nutrients like fiber, vitamins/minerals, and antioxidants.
So, out of the produce aisle, and into the canned section we go! Get your nutrients while minimizing grocery store trips during quarantine by choosing canned fruits and vegetables.

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Follow these 3 simple tips to choose healthier canned foods:

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1. When purchasing canned fruit, look for options that contain 100% fruit juice or “in own juices.” This will help to cut down on added sugars from heavy syrups. Pears, peaches, mandarins, and even applesauce can be good choices.

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2. When purchasing canned vegetables, look for labels that say “no salt added” or “low sodium.” Another way to cut down on sodium is to drain the liquids, then rinse canned vegetables and beans, washing away excess salt.

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3. Make sure to avoid cans with dents, bulges, cracks, and leaks. This may be a sign of a harmful bacteria growth called Clostridium botulinum, which could cause a food-borne illness.

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During this time of caution and care not to spread the Coronavirus, it is always good practice to thoroughly wash the top of canned goods before using a can opener to cut the lid. Without washing, any bacteria or virus that is on the outside of the can may contaminate your food. Here’s to staying healthy during COVID-19!


About the writer:

Hello, I am Kathleen Schaaf, a junior at EMU majoring in Dietetics. I enjoy being involved on campus and connecting with fellow students. During this time of quarantine, I study and spend my time staying active through online workout videos.