This week we are focusing on keeping mentally healthy, whether you are coming to school or learning from home. With the transition back into school and some changes in guidelines across the state, you may be noticing the feelings of stress coming up for you. This is normal, expected, and in small amounts can be helpful to motivate us and keep us alert. However, high levels of stress can result in having the feelings of being overwhelmed.
Early warning signs that you may be noticing the feeling of stress include:
. Physical symptoms: Headaches, upset stomach, trouble sleeping, tired, muscle tension. Emotional and thinking symptoms: Easily agitated, feeling overwhelmed, difficulty relaxing, feeling bad about yourself, lonely, worthless and having difficulty concentrating.. Social symptoms: Arguing with others, avoiding people, feeling irritated by friends
. Self-talk | Tell yourself one thing you are looking forward to each day before school. Diary | Keep up with what the requirements of your classes are and the assignment dates in your diary. Stay active | Go for a walking lunch with your friends. What parts of the school haven’t you seen in a while?. Mindfulness | Take some deep breaths and push your feet to the floor before each class starts. Stay connected | Talk with your people at home about how things are going. Talk to us at school too.
. Self-talk | Tell yourself one thing you are looking forward to about being at home.. Stay active | Go for a walk around the house between subjects, or play an outdoor game over lunch. Mindfulness | Go outside, lay down, and look up at the sky. Notice the sounds, the colours, and the shapes. Take deep breaths and ground your feet to the ground between subjects. Rather than multitasking, focus on one activity at a time.. Stay connected | Catch up over Facetime, HouseParty, or have a friend over after school or on the weekends. Spend time with the people at home.
We encourage you to use this resource (https://www.education.wa.edu.au/dl/e7ql3r) from the Learning at Home website for more information including a list of ways to child on the cheap, a list of resources and links, and a template of a self-care plan.
If you are noticing many of the feelings of stress and becoming overwhelmed, despite using the above strategies and resource listed, please reach out to your parents/guardians or make an appointment at the Student Liaison Office to see a Student Services member.
Renae Davies, School Psychologist