At the beginning of the school year, students had to choose between blended or virtual learning to help students and teachers practice social distancing within the classroom because of the pandemic. Since then, there have been some sudden changes in the schools, and now all high school students must study online until further notice.
The mayor and governor ordered school buildings to close due to the number of people infected by Covid-19 has increased. According to health guidelines, staying home and not gathering indoors is major way to prevent the spread of the virus. Although this may be the best to reduce virus infection, sometimes students do not feel comfortable at home all the time.
The isolation from staying home and learning virtually can affect students both physically and emotionally. Being behind a computer all day can cause stress and even frustration. Ezequiel Cuicas, a student of Liberty High School said, “Nothing is like before, many students feel different because of the sudden changes that the schools have undergone this school year.” In addition, he mentions a major cause of student stress is because many have difficulty understanding what they need to do. He explains, “Maybe they don’t understand much about technology, especially for students who are learning in English as it is a new language. Not everyone has the same ability to learn, others learn faster and another a little slower.”
One of the best ways to overcome feelings of being overwhelmed, can be through activities that you enjoy or find relaxing. Some people find art to be an activity that allows you to connect to your emotions and express them, thus releasing stress. Ezequiel, expressed that he enjoys listening to music. He said that music can help him feel better when he’s having a bad day and that it can be very relaxing.
Here’s a helpful list of some stress management techniques from verywellmind.com:
- Get enough sleep.
- Practice visualization
- Take calming breaths
- Practice Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)
- Listen to Music
- Get Organized
- Eat a Healthy Diet
- Use Positive Thinking and Affirmations
During difficult moments or days, find something to help you release stress and be more in control of your mental health.