Monthly Archives: December 2020

Ways To Relieve Stress During These Anxious Times

Christina Kingan ’23
EE Staff Writer

As we all know, this devastating virus, better known as COVID-19, has put a pause on all our usual daily activities. Many of us have realized how we have not appreciated our normal lives enough. Greeting a friend in the hallway and even traveling without the fear of getting a dangerous virus is all in the past. We have adapted to this new way of living. Wearing masks, having to carry hand sanitizer everywhere we go, frequently washing our hands, and having to quarantine.

This new way of living has come as a shock to all of us. It felt surreal the first couple of months, being sent home with the mindset that we will be returning in a short two weeks. When weeks turned into months it seemed as though things would never look up. Many people became anxious, stressed, and depressed. Being alone is not in our nature and having to be isolated for months had a toll on everyone’s mental health. We had to stay away from friends, classmates, and extended family. 

With the limitations enforced by this virus we had to come up with other ways to keep ourselves busy. Articles started being published, giving people ideas on what to do trapped indoors. For example, when you look up “what to do during quarantine”, a list of articles and videos immediately pop up. USA Today published a piece listing 100 things for people to do during lockdown

Influencers have also made an initiative to help brainstorm activities for people to do indoors. They assured us that everyone is going through the same obstacles and difficulties, and showed that they are also struggling. Keeping yourself busy allows for you to feel like you are getting back to normal or nonetheless allows you to see the opportunities that alone time can bring, like accomplishing something you’ve always wanted to do. 

Many people found happiness in exercising. As studies have shown in the past, exercising is an easy way to increase serotonin levels. It releases endorphins, which triggers happy feelings, along with making you feel better and healthier. While conversing with some classmates, they were telling me about their experience throughout quarantine and how they utilized exercise to relieve their stress and negative feelings. Corinne Howell stated “I ran during quarantine to help cope with stress.” Exercising is a very useful outlet to get rid of negativity or bad feelings and clears the head. It is a great tool to use to get rid of anger or sad feelings in a healthy way. From my own experience, I too found stability in working out. I attended virtual rowing everyday and not only did it help me feel better but it also added structure to my day. Exercising helps motivate people mentally and give them a reason to get out of bed. 

Maia Launches 365 Days With mxmtoon

Hannah Adams ’23
EE News/Features Editor

From studying for a career in architecture, to singing her hit song Prom Dress in front of millions of fans, Maia, known as her stage name mxmtoon, has had life experiences unimaginable to many. Now, she wants to take a step back from her life of abundant fans and recording sessions, to talk openly about the past, specifically, the major events of history.

In her upcoming podcast 365 days with mxmtoon, listeners get to hear Maia talk about history and the many life-changing events within it. Each day brings a new scene and a new peculiar story.

In the free ten-minute episodes, Maia regales about everything, from the first anti-smoking public service announcement to Mexico gaining their independence, and even to Edgar Allen Poe’s mysterious death. The topics covered in this podcast not only appeal to history buffs, but to young adult fiction fans, comedy show watchers, and much more!

Winter Entertainment Preview

Thomas Ou ’24
Eagles Eye Staff Writer

Some of you may have heard of “COVID-19”, a virus that has us all in quarantine. While being at home 24/7 might not be fun, some of these upcoming shows, movies, and video games will make time at home just a little more enjoyable. *No spoilers will be included.

Soul– December 25 | Disney +

Pixar has a fantastic track record when it comes to releasing beautiful original stories with a lot of depths and they are the masterminds behind popular franchises such as The Incredibles, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Inside Out. It is no surprise that many people are excited about their latest movie, Soul.

Soul is about a music teacher who has finally gotten his chance to pursue his dream of playing jazz music on stage, but his soul becomes separated from his body after a tragic accident. His soul begins to proceed to the Great Beyond, but he manages to escape to the Great Before, a world where souls develop personalities, quirks, and traits before being sent off to Earth. From there, Gardner must work with other souls in training in order to return to Earth before his body dies.

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