Mental Wellness: A Little Bit Of Everything

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What It Means:

To be mentally well means that your mind is in order working in an orderly and non-chaotic system. This means you are able to think, feel, act, and respond to things in ways that create a positive impact on your physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Besides the fact of feeling and functioning in a healthy way, mental wellness is something that improves your schooling! 

 

If you’ve been under high amounts of stress, lack sleep, or haven’t been outside in large quantities of time; your mental well-being will decrease. This means that it will be harder for you to focus on tests and school work, and concentrating on specific tasks will seem to become near impossible. Needless to say, mental wellness is a very important aspect of our daily life!

 

What To Look For

 

If you are experiencing any of the things that are listed below, you may need to take some time to become mentally well. Here are some indicators that you may need to keep track of.

 

  1. Lack of sleep
  2. High amounts of stress
  3. Lots of pressure
  4. Migraines
  5. Trouble focusing 
  6. Difficulty remembering past events
  7. Anxiety or irritability annoyed
  8. Being in a low mood for a long period of time

 

How To Help

Some of the answers are simple. But the more broad and useful answers are…

  1. Try to sleep more. Go to bed earlier. Sleep in later. If you’re really that tired, take a nap to increase your hours of sleep each day. 
  2. Don’t take on so much. If you have soccer practice, multiple zoom meetings, schoolwork and tests, and taking care of your siblings and yourself all add up to a lot. Too much for a middle school student to handle all at once. If there are optional meetings, skip them. Ask for help from parents or older siblings. 
  3. Don’t make those hard decisions. Just say You decide and be done with it. Don’t try to keep doing things and adding more pressure and choices to your plate unless you really feel like you can handle it!
  4. Meditate. Do yoga. Talk to a therapist. And a doctor too. Migraines are harsh and hurt your mental health in many ways. So the faster you get rid of it, the better! 
  5. This problem ties into sleep. The more you sleep and have less to do, the easier it will be to focus and get things done. Sleep is one of the most important things you need if you don’t get enough sleep your body will not function properly and could cause stress and moodiness 
  6. Definitely talk to a doctor on this one. It’ll feel weird for sure but it’s something that is very important and can result in further health problems both mentally and emotionally. Don’t forget to tell your parents too!
  7. Take a step back. Breathe in deeply. Calm down before you respond to something. Take a minute to take care of yourself. Get alone and read. Write. Listen to calming music. Call a close friend or family member and let them know how you feel. You’ll find that this will help you. 
  8. Be happy. It’s as simple as that. Watch things that make you smile and laugh.