“Your pandemic hobby might be doing more good than you know”

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“Your pandemic hobby might be doing more good than you know”

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Since I wanted to focus on hobbies in quarantine, and finding ways to pass the time, this article gives a lot of useful information on why having a hobby during the pandemic can do wonders for our mental health and stress. “And that's important in the middle of a pandemic, said Jeanine Parisi, an associate scientist in the department of mental health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. ‘Everything seems a little out of control. Activities are the one thing that could provide structure and give you back a sense of personal control.’” (Merschel, 2020). I really resonated with this because everything did feel out of control for me, and my hobby, painting, really did give me a sense of personal control. I think this can relate to my generation during the pandemic, because we are used to having a schedule- whether it be school, job, etc. Getting rid of that schedule and having no structure was really difficult, and we all had to come up with ways to pass the time and provide some sort of structure. I think this responds to the needs and considerations of an ethical archive, because an archive needs some sort of facts and research, not just items that people made or hobbies that they did.

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