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The Light at the End of the Tunnel

All I see is a black hole, with no place out. It’s not the first time I’ve been down this road. I’ve seen this many times before. There can actually be a way to get out of this miserable “hole.” A light begins to break through the troubles and through the stress. It’s time to follow that light.

Depression is a very touchy subject to some people, including me. I’ve decided to talk about my experience along this road. First of all, depression isn’t the same thing as sadness. Depression actually causes problems to the functioning of a person and it typically lasts longer than a period of sadness. Sadness, on the other hand, is one of the symptoms of depression. Depression goes way beyond that. In my opinion, it’s not a simple “bad day,” but it’s a series of obstacles that have to be faced every single day, over and over again. I wake up, get dressed, get through the day, and repeat it. Yeah, people tell me that I have friends and family that care about me and love me, but sometimes that doesn’t help. No matter how much people have told me that they’re always going to be here for me, I’ve always pushed them away. There were times where I would lose myself and it would take me a while to return. On those days, I wasn’t exactly present, I wasn’t myself. I thought it was better to distance myself, so that I wouldn’t hurt others in the process of finding myself.

Communication. Communication can be the “light” that breaks through the “black hole”. Whenever a person is depressed, they tend to distance themselves from people that are trying to help. Like I said in the beginning, spilling out emotions can really help take some weight off the shoulders. Talk to someone. Talk all day, if necessary, but let absolutely everything that is bothering you, out. I know that it can be quite difficult to open up to people, even to the closest of friends, but it isn’t good to bottle up everything inside because it can get overwhelming, causing more stress.

Think positive. Thinking positive can also be the “light”. Dot it more often. It’s easier said than done, but it isn’t impossible. Tell yourself this everyday: “I am worth it. I am important. I get to decide my happiness. I am here for a reason.” Thinking positive will help make progress to finding happiness. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is. Thoughts play a role in our everyday state of being.

Everyone can overcome these, so called, obstacles. It just takes a while to find the light at the end of the tunnel. It takes a while to realize that everyone has the power to get through anything and everything, to control how they want to live. It may not seem like it at the moment, but it’ll get there. I’m still trying to find that light at the end of the tunnel, myself and I am so close. The key is to have hope, no matter how difficult things get. Don’t give up.

Self-Love and Self-Worth

Self-love is very very important. I know that it may not seem as important as other topics, but it really is. I believe that everyone should have self-love. There are some days where life gets hard and you start to question every little thing about yourself, but you need to stop that. Putting yourself down is not healthy, it just causes even more damage. Sure, some things may not turn out the the way you want them to and some things can get tough, but you can get through every single obstacle that heads your way. There are a few ways to be able to love and accept yourself.

First of all, you need to forgive yourself. You have to let go of your past and realize that you did your best you could at the time. Yeah, things might’ve not turned out the way you wanted them to, but you really tried hard. Now, as time goes by, you are growing, changing, and you are beginning to understand more about yourself. Try to let go of the past that is haunting you.

Secondly, you need to stop scaring yourself. Thoughts are very powerful, I know this by experience. Thoughts can get overwhelming and scary. They can get hard to escape, but there is always a way to break out of them. Remember, just because you’ve been overthinking something, that doesn’t mean that that’s the final outcome. Everything will be okay.

Another thing that you must remember is that you have to be patient and gentle with yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for every little mistake you make, you are not your mistakes. Treat yourself the same way you would treat someone you really love. Think of it this way: How long would you stay friends with someone that talks to you the way that you talk to yourself? Not very long, huh?

Start to think about how much you’re really worth. Look at yourself, you are worth everything. You might not find your worth right now, but sooner or later, you will. It takes time to appreciate yourself, but it isn’t impossible. You’ll get there.

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Is A School Library A Good Investment?

image1 image3New Technology High School. Yeah, sure, it is mostly made up of technology, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t enjoy the company of books. Technology is taking over and it is changing the way we learn. It has its pro’s and con’s, but books are the best way to learn. Learners spend too much time on their devices and sometimes it can distract them from what they are really supposed to do. Our very own facilitator, Veronica Thiele, a Journalism and English facilitator, has decided to open up a petition for a school library. It has been proven that when reading off a book, learners are capable of learning more. Learners should have the ability to enjoy the world of reading. But we decided to ask some students about their opinions about opening a new school library.

The first person that we interviewed is Aileen Juarez, she started; “I feel like it’s good and bad, Good because I honestly am so use to reading books and love reading in ‘old’ fashion way. Bad because we’ll be wasting money. The school had been open for a few years and don’t even have its own team in sports or have its own proms and stuff, so we’re basically making it demand of money to make students and teachers happy. When the thing is, we may not have that money to begin with to do everything.” The second person we decided to ask is Madison Brooks, “No because not many people read books anymore because we have too much school work. People don’t return books like they should and we have computers so we can just read books off of there.” Many people have diverse opinions, even being in the same age group. Some people believe that we should just stick to technology and others believe that we should keep it old fashion. Maybe the school should invest in a small library and those who want to read books can visit when they can. Not many people like to read and it’s partly because books are starting to go away. There are many statistics that reveal that learners can score higher on the ACT. Learners in school library programs and extended library hours scored up to 8.4% to 21.8% higher on ACT English tests and 11.7% to 16.7% higher on ACT Reading tests.

We should focus on what’s important and invest in a school library. We can have higher test scores. Old fashion way is always the good way.

Self-Help : Depression and Anxiety

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Depression

Depression is a serious illness. Most people think that it’s the same as being sad, but it’s really not. Being sad is a temporary feeling and it doesn’t last long, while being depressed is being down and losing interest in everything for a long period of time. It may feel like no one cares, but there are many people that care about you. Stay connected to your friends and family when you feel that way. There are a couple ways to help control depression and one of them is relieving stress. Stress can be a cause of depression as well.

Ways to relieve stress

  • Find a creative escape

          — Drawing or painting

          — Writing, let out your emotions on paper

          — Listen to music, listen to your thoughts

  • Focus on the positive

          — Humor is a good way to release all the negativity

  • Talk to people that you trust about your problems

          — Friends

          — Brother(s)/Sister(s)

          — Parents

          — Teachers

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

 

Depression Hotline: National Hopeline Network 800-442-4673

Suicide Hotline: National Hopeline Network 800-784-2433

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Anxiety Disorders

There are 6 common types of anxiety disorders and each one is very different.

 

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic Disorder/Panic Attacks & Agoraphobia
  • Social Anxiety
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Excessive worrying about everyday life events without an obvious reason. This includes worrying about health, family, and school. It seems to affect the way that we interact with others and it interferes with daily functioning such as school, social activities, and relationships. Worrying isn’t going to help, it’s hard not to worry about things and events, but it doesn’t help with anything.

>Try going out for long walks. Focus your mind on the positive sides of nature and let the breeze hit your face, clear your worried mind. It really does help to get some fresh air because if you stay inside you house, your room, etc., you’re just going to keep worrying and thinking about the negative sides of things.

> Don’t forget that you are safe and that everyone around you is safe. Don’t worry about the things that haven’t happened yet. Repeat this phrase in your head: “Right now, in this moment, I am safe!”

 

Panic Disorders/Panic Attacks & Agoraphobia: Sudden attacks of fear and panic. Panic attacks are triggered mostly by fear-producing events or thoughts/overthinking. Symptoms of panic attacks include rapid heartbeat, Strange sensations in your chest, tingling in hands and feet, shortness of breath, dizziness, and anxiousness. This results in hyperventilation and withdrawal. 

Agoraphobia is different though. It’s an extreme or irrational fear of being in crowded places/enclosed public spaces. It may feel like you are trapped and can’t do anything, but there are many ways to get rid of that fear. Agoraphobia is mostly caused by anxiety and panic attacks.

>Look around you. Find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. This is a method that is often used when having a panic attack. It helps you when it feels like you’ve lost all control of your surroundings.

>Practice the grounding method (the one above) several times to help with your agoraphobia. Once you have mastered those skills and have practiced several times, then try it out in the most challenging circumstances for you.

Go out for a walk. It helps out when it feels like you’ve lost all your surroundings. Take a look at the things around you and clear your mind.

Don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

Panic Attack/Anxiety Hotline: 1-866-984-9019

 

 

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