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Old dog, new tricks

by Lacy Olivarez | June 30, 2021 at 8:07 a.m.

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Lacy Olivarez

We all have an issue at hand: Covid. We blame it for our bad habits and family issues that formed, but is that really fair? We got so used to locking ourselves in our rooms and cutting our family off that it has become a part of our lives. We build walls blocking the people we love from ourselves so that we essentially don’t get hurt if something ever, Heaven forbid, happens to them. It’s not all Covid’s fault. Some of us have other issues. We formed mannerisms deemed toxic or lazy; maybe a little more than some of us. In all, we have seen a massive change in our characters, and it’s time for all of us to grow out of our nasty ways.

For those of us struggling with cutting loved ones off, there are practices that some professionals deemed appropriate for mending said relationships. The top suggestion is to acknowledge and to want to change because you can’t help or fix yourself unless you are willing and know what to change. You need to communicate your feelings as well and maybe see a professional to deal with the mental obstacles that Covid and quarantine has caused.

Forming bad habits in situations where we cannot function like we normally do is inevitable. Taking away those habits is next to impossible if we aren’t truly willing or able to do anything about them. Each day we need to be mindful of our actions and words. We need to know what triggers those habits and avoid putting ourselves in those situations. It isn’t going to change overnight and do not be discouraged if it takes more time than what you expected. Cut yourself some slack!

We all make mistakes; it’s what we do with these mistakes that defines us and our character. Have patients with yourself and loved ones because we are all in a sensitive situation that we were not prepared for. Just remember that you are not alone in this and seek help for even the little things that make us struggle everyday. Take time for yourself, but also remember that your loved ones want to spend time with you as well. Be safe and make good choices!

Lacy Olivarez is a student at Camden Fairview High School

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