LET'S TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH!
BY GRACIE NEWELL
great outdoors editor
Let’s not talk about the pandemic. We all already know what’s been going on. We’ve experienced everything firsthand. And it’s really taken a toll on all of us. Instead, let's discuss how we’re holding up. We'll take a minute to relate and confide in each other.
So that being said… How are you holding up? Being a teenager is rough as it is, with nosy parents, difficult teachers, never getting enough sleep, and an education system that makes going through high school hardly bearable. Maybe it’s hard for you to find motivation to clean your room, to exercise, to socialize. Or maybe you struggle with anxiety, depression, or another mental illness much like 49.5% of teenagers in America do. That statistic is from 2019, no doubt that percentage has spiked this year due to.. You know.. Everything.
Statistically, young people are struggling most with their mental health. But the important thing to take away from this article, is that you aren’t the only one feeling this way. For most people struggling with mental health issues, it’s hard to comprehend that other people are struggling with very similar things. It’s easy to feel alone, and to feel like everyone else lives in this picture-perfect world. Like everyone else is moving forward, preparing for college and figuring out what they want to do with the rest of their lives. But that is the exact opposite of what’s really going on. If we’ve learned anything this year it's that the lot of Gen Z suffers from mental illnesses and because of this, it’s important that we normalize talking about it with each other. we're all going through it.
Don’t be mistaken that this statement undermines what you are going through, your struggles are valid. It is rather meant to comfort you in the fact that you have so many people who understand you.
As a message to the reader, the best way to cope and have a more positive outlook on life is to spend any extra time you have doing the things you love and enjoy. Whether it’s music, art, a sport/club that you’re apart of, a person, a place, or any form of entertainment that brings you joy. Focus on that so that you can be more positive and ultimately have a happier attitude towards things. And yes, school can be tough, but do your best to push through to the end, and surround yourself with the things that you value. It will all be worth it.
posted on 10/25/2020
these images help represent how having bad mental health can exhaust your energy, and make you feel down or stressed.
talking about mental health is just fine! in fact it's really beneficial! let's help each other out and talk about it :)
you can meditate...
In your work environment! De-stress in that stressful place.
In the great outdoors! Explore your mind while exploring the world.
On the stairs.
Outside in a park. Kids will run around the park while your thoughts run around your mind.
Family french toast recipe
-1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 to 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon
-1/4 Cup of Milk
-4 to 6 Slices of Bread
1. Mix egg, vanilla, and cinnamon together.
2. Once all stirred together, stir in milk.
3. Dip the bread into mixture.
4. Put piece of bread into a pan on medium temperature.
5. Cook each side until it is as crispy as you want!
You can serve it with berries, whipped cream, syrup, and powder syrup!
-1 Tablespoon of Butter
-1/2 Cup of a Cheese of Your Choice
-Any Seasoning you Want to Add
1. Turn on stove to medium heat.
2. Put butter onto the pan and let it melt, moving it around the pan to grease it.
3. Scramble the eggs in a bowl, adding your seasonings while you beat the eggs.
4. Pour in eggs into pan, then put cheese on top.
5. Bake eggs, putting the eggs on the side of the pan into the middle of it with a spatula.
6. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, then serve.
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