Seeking the First Signs of Help

Staying cooped up in one room for hours on end for school is hard enough to manage, let alone trying to study or get work done with the presence of a cell phone or surrounding family members.

Mirabella Gibson

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May 5, 2021
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Mirabella Gibson

In her new column, The Better Teen, Mirabella Gibson writes about mental health with the help of science.

  Alas, your breaking point for staying energized has crashed. Energy drinks aren’t a help anymore, and a factor of laziness kicks in. You try to find a source of happiness, but can’t seem to cheer up your spirit. Don’t worry, my friend. I go through the same typical routine for almost days on end without reaching for help. Whenever I am on my last straw for giving effort to either school work or just being myself, I rely on apps like TikTok when in fact, they strain my energy to a whole new level.

  Many teens seem to doubt their worries or troubles due to judgement from others. I talk to my friends daily on parental issues, claiming “laziness”, or even “not putting enough effort” towards school. I understand that we, as teenagers, are expected the most and should stay on top of work, but some days call for relaxation. A study done by havokjournal.com suggests teenagers do in fact require more sleep than adults; they are not “just being lazy’. To deal with the pressure society puts on us as teens, we can be open and honest to teachers and parents kindly about feelings and what goes inside our minds. Even if they doubt your feelings, it’s better to release tension in our minds instead of building up pressure and keeping to ourselves. 

  COVID-19 is another factor that locks down teenagers. Staying cooped up in one room for hours on end for school is hard enough to manage, let alone trying to study or get work done with the presence of a cell phone or surrounding family members. In the middle of when the outbreak started, I felt bored and tired of doing the same routine everyday and not going out with friends to places I enjoy. To find help within talking to friends, I stream a movie with close ones virtually and make sure to check up on others daily through either texts or calls. 

  The last straw of guilt or worry is when one is at a point of mental or physical abuse to their self. Forms of “the last straw” are depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. These occur in the worst of times; when one feels saddened to a point of risking their life, not eating from insecurities, or even too scared or shy from others. Don’t fret, I am here to help. I remember a time in my life where I was too scared emotionally to speak up or to reach out. Sometimes when I did, people shrugged off my feelings which came to a point where my self esteem was crucially down. If I described you in these simple situations, I beg of you to seek help. Mayoclinic.org suggests where to reach out, from a family or primary care doctor, to even a social worker if situations at home aren’t the best. Many websites such as psychologytoday.com include multiple ways to kick back and relax on many occasions. 

  The next time you feel worried and find yourself in a muddle, just know that there are ways to cope and deal with stressful times.