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“I struggled with an overwhelming feeling of anxiety from a very young age – ever since I can remember, honestly. I didn’t know what it was or how to place it, but I knew I was extremely uncomfortable. Paired with getting over a big hill with ADHD and OCD, my childhood was confusing, awkward, and uncomfortable to an extent that sometimes made me feel paralyzed. I was born into a broken family that had been glued back together, and as I got older, it was shattered a few more times. I was bullied incessantly in middle school and high school. I got into terrible relationships with people that lead me down paths I should’ve never even been introduced to. I lost my cousin and very best friend to suicide in the middle of my college career. I have struggled with an eating disorder, alcoholism, and a prescription drug addiction. I am a rape survivor. A domestic violence survivor. I have attempted to take my own life three times. Yet somehow I am still here. I recently went through an inpatient program and have been navigating life with all of these difficult things that I can’t control. But I can control how I deal with them and how they show their presence in my life. Things get better. And then they get worse again. It’s a cycle. You’re not crazy for having bad days and good days back to back. And it truly is one day at a time. You will find coping mechanisms that work for you and others that do not. You will find people that love you enough to call you family and forgive you for the days when maybe you’re not 100% – for yourself or other people. But if you are trying your best, that’s all anyone can really ask of you. Including yourself. You are always enough. “It’s all in your head.” Of course it is, it’s mental disorder. Otherwise, it wouldn’t make any sense. There’s nothing wrong with it just because it’s a pain you cannot physically see. And there is nothing wrong with you because of it.”

Alyssa Prato

A Declassified Quarantine Survival Guide

A Declassified Quarantine Survival Guide

At this point, everyone in the world is well-aware of the Coronavirus pandemic we’re currently living through. Though it can be extremely stressful and sometimes boring, we’ve come up with a list of ten ways to get through this period of quarantine by being productive in the home or just entertaining yourself.

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