Three weeks into the new school year and a lot has already happened, with the new adjustment to hybrid learning to the week and a half of full time online learning. These are turbulent times of uncertainty and stress and in a lot of ways it is hard to deal with. In this case there has been a major impact on students’ mental health.
Zoe Hallock ’21 describes how she has found inner peace in such a turbulent time.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time reading everything from theology to philosophy to Harry Potter. I haven’t really been able to read for pleasure since middle school, and I’ve fallen back in love with it,” says Hallock.
Hallock also describes the change of going online and how that has impacted her mental health.
“Honestly, it’s been difficult. There’s something infinitely more draining about sitting in front of a screen all day, and it makes it difficult to be productive,” Hallock adds.
Andreas Wilwerding ’22 shares a similar experience to Hallock, but has found different ways to help his own mental health.
“I really don’t like online school, I find that I am much more stressed with online school than without it. I have been playing soccer every day at my hard or a field. This has really allowed me to clear my head and focus on other things,” Wilwerding says.
Even with such difficult times there are ways to find the positives in such a hard situation where there feels like there has not been a lot of positives.
“Over the course of this whole pandemic, I’ve spent time in prayer and meditation a lot. It’s hard to explain how intensely this has helped my anxiety,” says Hallock.
Students have found helpful and empowering ways to destress and help their mental health.
“Find something that you enjoy doing. Make sure this is off the computer, and just do it. Whenever you have free time or are very stressed. Take a 10 minute break and do it. This has helped me a lot,” Wilwerding says.
Hallock agrees with finding a personal way to make this new reality work.
“I would recommend sitting down and thinking about the kind of person you want to be. Then, make small goals that will lead you there even if your path changes directions, at least you’re moving forward,” says Hallock.
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