Mental health is a serious issue that plagues teens across the country. With this year’s lockdowns and online school, it seems like students are having a hard time keeping up with their friends and schoolwork. It’s important to take care of your mental health, especially if students return to online only or another round of lockdowns is put in place, so here is some advice from two students for the next time you’re in a bad head space.
“One thing I’ve found myself doing a lot if getting out of my room and adventuring by myself. I do this by walking around my neighborhood, taking a drive by myself, going to sit at the park or lake.” junior Katelyn Laxton said.
Going outside or trying to get away from whatever is bothering you can be a good way to cope. Doing physical activities is also a great way to take your mind off of stress.
“I’ve been dealing with the stress/boredom of quarantine by working out and keeping fit.” sophomore Gabriel Trowbridge said.
Being active isn’t the only way you can deal with the stress of life. There are many other ways to take care of your mental health.
“I’ve listened to music, read books, tried meditation, and journaling.” Laxton said. “These activities get your mind clear even if it is just for the moment.”
While doing small things like reading or journaling can help, Trowbridge emphasizes the fact that talking with a therapist helps as well. Getting professional help should always be considered, even if the cost is high. There are also many resources you can use, including phone numbers and websites (1-800-273-8255).
“You are never alone. Someone somewhere has dealt with similar things, so it is okay to reach out.” Laxton said. “We’re only human so facing the hard obstacles of life all on your own can be draining.”
Reaching out to trusted adults is something everyone can agree with, being suggested by both interviewees. That could range from your parents or family to a teacher or counselor.
“I would tell other students to talk to their parents or doctors about their mental issues.” Trowbridge said.
Overall, there are plenty of ways to help with your mental health ranging from small steps like being more active to talking to a therapist or trusted adult. If you are facing these issues, remember that you aren’t alone in your fight. There are plenty of resources for you to use and plenty of people to talk to. All you have to do is take it one step at a time