Lukas advises us all to take sometime to check in with our feelings and to do some self care this winter.
Death is an absolute truth that we desperately try to escape until it taps us on the shoulder and shakes us out from our skin. It comes in various shapes and forms but the death of the seasons breeds a special kind of consumption. That’s right, Winter! Whether you’re inside or out, bundled up and cozy or you’re that one guy who refuses to wear a coat and denies that subzero temperatures affect him (we get it Preston you’re tough, please put a jacket on, you’re making me shiver).
It’s no wonder with all this cold death, that most of us are in poor spirits. So, what do we do? A couple teachers here at FHS were asked for their insights on mental health, the following is their responses.
Although most enjoyed the holidays, many find it can be an extremely stressful time.
One teacher commented that, “Trying to make sure everyone is happy can be too much pressure and things fall through the cracks.”
Another teacher said, “After the holidays feels quiet and serious since everyone goes back to work and school and the decorations get put away.”
Stress and mental health are difficult to manage even before the pressures of the holidays and especially with the dismal period that comes next.
The staff were asked about their own experiences with and tips for mental health. They were asked for encouraging words for anyone who might see this and the following are their answers: “When we’re 14 or 15 or 16, a year is a much larger portion of our lives and we may not have had the experience of a difficult cycle coming full circle back to things being good again. There is so much to live for when you’re young and now more than ever there is so much help available if you’re struggling. As bad as things seem, just don’t give up, take at least one step toward a better place, as hard as it may be, and having taken that one step, not only will you feel better for having done something positive for yourself, but it could be the first step back to a good place.”
Another teacher said, “Don’t be afraid to put yourself first. Don’t hesitate to walk away from things that are toxic or stress you out, especially people!”
The final teacher said, “Take time for yourself and do something you enjoy. Go for a walk, color, draw, read a book, anything that takes your mind off stress and gives you a chance to regroup. Consider talking to a trusted adult for support. It is ok to not be ok. Even though it may not feel like it now, it can and will get better and easier. Control what you can and make the best of what you cannot. Surround yourself with positive and uplifting people. Take care of yourself.”
Hopefully these words met someone who really needed to hear them, and don’t ever forget that in the most bitter winters, spring is always around the corner. There’s always someone to talk to, and if not, the FHS Newspaper department is always your friend.