Northmont SADD is reminding students it's ok not to be ok. On Monday and Wednesday this week, wristbands with that message can be found hanging from the windows lining ThunderboltWay. SADD believes this initiative will serve as a visible reminder that everyone faces challenges and no one should go through them alone. Getting through your problems and ignoring your problems are two completely different things. Whether that is talking to someone about what is going on, finding answers to what is causing that emotion, or using coping skills such as drawing, yoga, mindfulness, and so many other healthy ideas, there are ways to help you get through the bad days. It’s okay to feel down. Here are three tips they suggest to help you cope with those bad days.
Try to be social: This can be very hard, especially if you don’t want others to know what is going on but it can help. This could be as simple as starting a small conversation with your friends, teachers, family, or anyone else.
Use coping skills: The list of coping skills could go on for pages and they are unique to each individual. Some healthy coping strategies include journaling, coloring, playing a sport, going on a run, yoga, deep breathing, and so many more. Once you find a few or maybe even just one it can help tremendously.
Let yourself feel: When a low day hits that doesn’t mean you have to shut out what you are truly feeling inside. While this may be uncomfortable at times, acknowledging your feelings can help you move through them.
*Seek professional health through a counselor if things don't improve*