COVID-19 Pandemic Story Series: Coco Kariuki

An SEL student assistant tells her COVID-19 pandemic story:

Initially, the quarantine downtime was much needed and not all bad. Taking some time to step back and regroup was probably a great thing for all of us. But for me, the routine of waking up and preparing for nothing got old quickly. So, I started cycling. With the gyms closed and the desire to spend time with friends safely, biking became a sort of welcome relief from what was going on in the world. It was not just a physical release, but also a mental one. The fresh air, vitamin D, and some sunshine helped just to burn off the anxiety. I went out three or four times a week for 30-40 minutes a clip, boosting it to 3 hours on Sundays as the summer progressed. I am hopeful that my cycling habits will stick when we return to a so-called normal, albeit on a much different schedule.

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