It’s Ok Not to Be Ok: Fade Away

By: Saaniah Hardy

To fade away–you know to disappear. It’s not always a bad thing, especially if you need a mental break. Sometimes you need to take a step away from your social life. Personally, I take breaks like this a lot. I log off my social media and block everyone’s number on my phone except my parents. These breaks will help you see things in a positive way rather than the negative you may be used to. You may realize that maybe it’s better to just let that thing (or even a person) go for now instead of holding onto your frustration with them. School is a major issue, but does it really have to be? Right now is the best time to focus on your mental state. Here’s an idea I think you could use to help your mind relax a bit from the stress of the end of the school year.

If you finish all of your work right after a class meeting, you’ll be able to keep up with all your classes and still have your own time. After your classes and work, make time to go for a walk, meditate, or just do one of your favorite hobbies. After school work, you need to keep your mind active, so take a quick nap — don’t just watch TV and nap all-day; that throws off your mind and can cause stress without you even noticing. Which can leave your mind confused and end up being stressed out. You also have to think about how others are reacting to their own stress. The pressure of our lives gets overwhelming for our mind and body so we all need a break like this. Have you ever thought someone else might be taking a break to focus on themselves and that they just don’t want to be bothered by people for a day or so? 

People in your life might be taking a break without you even knowing; you might feel worried or confused if you did anything wrong. If you try to talk to them, don’t question them; just ask them if they need space from things for a bit. You may not know what they are going through, so don’t add to the pressure they might feel from texting them constantly. Remember, there are other people in your life to help along the way; you are not alone, and never will be.  

Be careful to watch over your own mental health. So if you feel yourself stressing out or overwhelmed, just take a mental break. It doesn’t have to be long–maybe an hour off your phone or social media. It’s sometimes better to focus on yourself to help keep calm, no matter what’s happening.

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