When I felt depressed during lockdown

Originally appeared online in the teen series: Trending - January 26, 2021. 

When stay-at-home orders in our city first began, and there seemed to be no end in sight, my mental health took a turn for the worse. Unable to see friends and family, I became more and more unhappy and felt increasingly worried about the pandemic.

All the things that used to make me happy were now out of reach. Even something as simple as a trip to the grocery store was difficult. I spent most of my days indoors, hardly going out to exercise or even to feel the sun. 

Family members encouraged me to try getting out of the house and to find new activities to keep me busy and in good spirits. But I felt unmotivated to do anything but the required schoolwork, and spent most of my day sleeping. 

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