Who doesn’t love a thorough sleep, we need it and we crave it!
In order to achieve this, first make sure that you set yourself a consistent sleeping schedule. Your sleeping schedule needs to correspond with your school activities.
Useful activities to do before bed include the following:
Listening to relaxing music
All of these activities will help you get into a calming and relaxing mindset. Focusing on bettering your sleep will result in a positive jump in your attitude and how you act. This will make you energetic and motivated for school. You wouldn’t be dozing off during class, but rather paying better attention and being alert.
Although it is important to have multiple interests, your sleep should be one of your top priorities. Fantastic sleep will lead to a thoroughly terrific day.
Studies have shown that along with the economic status plummeting, so has mental health. With having to quarantine ourselves, social distance, and adapt to the pandemic’s lifestyle, our general well-being has been compromised in doing so.
In Dr. Ronald W. Pies’ article “Is the Country Experiencing a Mental Health Pandemic?” at the Psychiatric Times, he observes that, “The prevalence of anxiety and depression symptoms were substantially higher than reported in 2019.” The age group of those are around the age of 18 and below are deemed to be more likely in experiencing symptoms of anxiety disorder, trauma stressor-related disorder (due to the pandemic), and depression. Because of this pandemic, an increase in mental illnesses has occurred, and those that experienced these mental illnesses prior to the pandemic seem to have their symptoms heightened.
I can easily attest to being affected by these substantial standards and say that I’ve found my easy-going and social nature to be reduced down from extrovertedness to being a hermit. Life before the pandemic–in which I was my most outgoing self–held instances where I was willing to try new things and just be my loud self. At school, I would randomly talk to people without worrying about if they found me weird just in hopes of making new friends. Now, I often find my already-present anxiety enhanced when performing simple tasks in public such as asking a Walmart employee where the toilet paper is or even ordering my food.
To simplify, I, like many of you, find difficulty in basic tasks that involve little-to-no human interaction and find safety and comfort in my room.
Mental health should be one of your top priorities in order to be able to feel nourished and fulfilled with what you do in life. Now that it’s a new year, I wanted to officially create habits that are everlasting in regards to my mental well-being and have decided to research ways that will further support your psychiatric sanity. It affects how you make decisions, how you perceive certain topics, and how you handle high-stress situations.
So you may be asking yourself, “What can I do in order to replenish and nourish my mental health under all these circumstances?” There are plenty of ways that you can treat and take care of yourself. In “Ten Things You Can Do for Your Mental Health | University Health Service” the University of Michigan provides 10 helpful tips on ways that you can start prioritizing yourself and your mental well-being. Some habits that have helped me through this pandemic would be getting out of my room and giving myself time away from technology–just basking in the sun’s warmth–making sure that I try to keep my room clean, and not being so hard on myself while leaving room to make mistakes.
Though mental illnesses in its entirety can be difficult to cope with and easily become a burden to your lifestyle, you can start by doing easy tasks such as making your bed in the morning or drinking the right amount of water in order to feel more accomplished and motivated to continue doing better for yourself.
As many of you know, Christmas Break is coming up, and Christmas is a time families get together and enjoy each other’s company. Many cadets look forward to Christmas Break because we get to spend time gathering with our family and friends. We get to enjoy the holidays by taking a break from school, not worrying about our boots being shined or our uniform being sharp. However, since Covid-19 happened cadets have not been doing their uniform, so even this Christmas joy isn’t the same.
Since we are experiencing a pandemic we can’t be around our family, especially our grandparents and family members who are more vulnerable to getting the virus. We have to continue to follow pandemic rules even during the holidays, and cadets are feeling more and more miserable as time goes on.
Now with the increase in Covid cases, we are required to minimize going out and being in large groups even more. Cadet Ssgt Melanie Carranza says, “I am very disappointed that Christmas won’t be the same as previous years. I won’t be able to see family members that I only see on special occasions. I am very bummed out that the kids won’t be able to enjoy the Christmas events the city has every year.”
Even though we are all sad and disappointed about not spending Christmas like we normally would, CFC Amya Felix reminds us, “We still have hope. We have to stay strong. We still have each other no matter what.”
Mental health is an issue that has a profound effect on teens and young adults long before the days of quarantine and the events of 2020. And this year has only served to amplify any issues students have with their mental health.
One of the most frequently called up reasons for students deteriorating mental health was the copious amounts of homework they have been given over a short period of time. Of course, one way many students have gotten around this is by making a schedule that can help manage a student’s time and prevent overworking on late nights. Sometimes students become lonely being stuck in the house all day and a way to get around is to talk to friends or someone they trust over the internet through any medium preferred, rather it be a text or a discord call.
If you have a pet, such as a dog or even a fish, they can be a great way to help vent out your frustrations as they will always listen to you. The John Glenn High School website also has a student mental help calendar that has many suggestions to help relieve any stress such as watching a funny movie or exercising.
If all else fails and you need to talk to someone right away, it’s okay to reach out to any of these hotlines if you or anyone else needs help for their mental state. Suicide Prevention Hotline is the most reliable way to get fast mental help: (800) 273-8255