Depression is a mental illness that affects millions of people around the world, some more than others. It’s severity might be provoked by a certain event or a certain person. For me, it is a person, myself. There is not a day that goes by where I feel defeated, empty, tired. I wasn’t always like this, but one day it just hit me. With the recent news about Covid, rumors about a world war, and overall negativity, it is easy for a teen to become stressed when their authority is worthless and futile.
Take a break, you are allowed to rest. Wear your headphones and play your favorite song. Write about your day, talk to someone who makes you feel comfortable and tell them how much you appreciate them. Clean your room, do your homework, read a book. Live your life, in the moment. Work on yourself. It’s crazy how the smallest gestures can improve your day and make it a whole lot better. It is in the most difficult times where you embrace your true strength and fight for yourself. Nothing is more important than your well being and your mental stability. You are worthy, you are loved, you are cherished. Hang in there, you did not come this far for nothing.
Be Kind always,
“Students are now allowed 2 EXCUSED school days to care for their mental health. These are in addition to the 9 excused days they may take for any reason.” -Act Concerning Social Equity and the Health, Safety and Education of Children, PA 21-46. Please use your days of mental health recuperation wisely and responsibly.
12 Song recommendations for relaxation ☺
Wait a Minute! – Willow Smith
Infrunami – Steve Lacy
Pluto Projector – Rex Orange County
Best Part – H.E.R (feat Daneil Caesar)
Get You – Daniel Caesar (feat. Kali Uchis)
Chanel – Frank Ocean
Amor de Siempre – Cuco
Let’s Skip to the Wedding – Eyedress
Out of My League – Fitz and the Tantrums
No Other Heart – Mac DeMarco
Cariño – The Marías
Sparks – Coldplay
- The Song of Achilles by Madeleine Miller
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez
- It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover (anything by this author really, she is so talented)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Manga: Attack On Titan by Hajime Isayama
I would, but my DAMN MIND won’t let me!: a teen’s guide to controlling their thoughts and feelings (Words of Wisdom for Teens) by Jacqui Letran