A message from your WHS Student Support Team
We are all dealing with a time of uncertainty. Not knowing what may happen next, what’s going to happen in the future, or even what to expect next makes people feel uneasy. The bigger, more important message in all of this is that it is all ok. It’s ok to not feel ok; to feel nervous, upset, disappointed, even angry about everything that you and others are now facing.
It’s important to do two things during times of stress, 1) allow yourself the time and space to feel, and then 2) act.
Allow yourself (and others) the time and space to feel:
- If you feel like crying, cry; if you’re scared, be scared and write down your worries; if you’re mad, be mad and scream into a pillow or go for a run. The point is, it’s normal to feel, whether it’s positive or negative. It all serves a purpose. The feeling isn’t the bad thing, it’s the situation.
- Remember that this applies to others around you as well. Everyone is dealing with their own emotions and responses to the events around them; they’re all unique to the individual. Your parents are going to have their own emotional responses to situations, as are each of your siblings, cousins, aunt/uncles, friends, teachers, etc. Allow yourself the time and space to feel, while also extending that to others.
- Balance allowing yourself to feel with action. You don’t want to dwell or stay too long in your emotions and thoughts – they’re unreliable and often irrational.
- Focus on action – ask yourself, “What’s Important Now?” and focus on that. The faster you accept situations (doesn’t mean you have to agree with or like them) and focus on what you can control in each moment, the less stressed you’ll feel and the more helpful you’ll be to yourself and the people you care about.
- Even in times of great uncertainty, you can always control – your attitude, your actions, the amount of news/media you consume, the safe practices you engage in (hand washing, social distancing, etc.), and the kindness and grace you extend to others.
Remember ACCEPTS (see below visual)
This will not last forever, and you are not alone in managing these difficult times. Reach out to family, friends, and community resources in times of need. Your WHS support team will be here to help support as well.
In the meantime, be safe and be well, Lions!
Below are some online resources to help maintain your health and wellness:
CDC’s “Manage Anxiety and Stress” page provides what stress can look like and tips to manage that stress.
“Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health” page provides tips for social distancing, quarantine and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak.
Safe Space provides interactive coping tools to help users when they need it.
The Trevor Project: LGBTQ resource
If you feel you or someone you know may need emotional support, please visit the Lifeline’s website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org for helpful resources or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is free, confidential, and available to everyone in the U.S. You do not have to be suicidal to call the Lifeline.
District Mental Health Resources
Westminster Family Resource Center
Guide for parents and caregivers to help families cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Reliable sources of information about COVID-19: