Since early March, the coronavirus has affected the lives of everyone around the world and has created a downfall in the creativity and motivation of many young teens. However, teens have turned to the internet once again to fix all their problems.
Social media has inspired teens to continue staying active, positive, and motivated. Many fitness influencers such as Chloe Ting have inspired teenage girls from all over the world to continue pushing themselves. Ting’s famous “2 Week Shred” Challenge has kept many young women active and determined as well. Morgan Powers, a sophomore at Pequannock Valley High School in Potomac, New Jersey stated in an interview, “Ting’s challenge has given me a sense of routine and structure again, and it makes me feel a lot better about the entire situation as well as my surroundings.” Powers has also become an avid baker as well during this time, stating “It keeps me busy, and it lets me know that there is something to look forward to every day.” As fitness becomes more and more prominent in the lives of many teenagers, they are beginning to understand that self-care is more than a face mask and a bath and that these teens are in total control of their actions during this time, as well as how they react to shocking events and times like these in their future.
Daniella Cervantes, a sophomore at South High School in Torrance stated in an interview “I have learned to focus on myself as a person and learn to understand the skin that I’m living in.” Cervantes, a dancer on South’s Advanced Team, had to stay in shape for the next dance team tryouts and continued staying motivated during this time. She quotes, “To add more structure to my daily life, I’ve been making schedules every single morning with the specific times for each activity, and at the end of the day, I journal and just write a quick summary of my day before bed. It lets me know that everything is going to be alright- we just have to hold on.”