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Teen talks: Surviving summer away from friends

by Haneefah Agbabiaka, age 14

This summer might be a hard time for all of us, and I believe that this experience is a first for most of us, but we can get through it together. We all had high hopes for the summer, but once the social distancing was imposed, it became something we dreaded. However, there is still time for us to turn that frown upside down! Here are five tried and tested tips that could help you survive this summer.

Get to know your family

Being cooped up in the house and seeing the same people every waking moment can get so frustrating, especially when you remember that you are stuck with them for the next five months.

But try not to take out your frustration on your siblings and parents. Instead, take this time to get to know them—I’m sure many of us know more about our best friends than we know about our own blood relations! Board games and teamwork challenges are a great way to begin, as they involve discussion and collaboration.

Discover yourself

This may come as a shocker to loads of people as you may feel no one knows more about you than you. But, we are constantly learning new things about ourselves without even realising! Are you a strategist, or are you creative? Are you a quiet thinker, or do you prefer spontaneously jumping into decisions? Now is the time to find out!

Be adventurous

This summer is the perfect time to learn a new hobby or discover some new talents! Finding yourself doesn’t just mean spiritually, it also means you should find the things you enjoy doing. You may think you are terrible at art, but once you put your pen to paper, you might create masterpieces! This could help you find other ways for you to spend your time besides sleeping, eating, and watching TV shows.

If you can, get some fresh air

Some of us may have already spent 100+ hours in the house without getting any fresh air at all, and it hasn’t even been a month yet! Go out into your backyard or garden and soak up some vitamin D. If you don’t have one, step out onto your balcony, or even open the window when there’s a breeze.


The comfort of our beds may make us feel like we never want to get up, but exercise is important during this time of anxiety and stress. Exercise releases endorphins, which are essentially happy hormones—don’t we all need those right now!?

I hope the tips above help you look forward to the upcoming summer. Remember, we are in this together! I will end this article with the following quote:
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives nor the most intelligent that survives, but the most adaptable to change,” Charles Darwin.