Hello Raptors! I’m typing today by the side of my two best friends, Sojourner McKinzie and Pamela Orellana, both of whom are also MC students! Today I’m gonna talk about finding balance between school, other responsibilities, and your mental health.
Yesterday was World Mental Health Day, and mental health is always important to talk about. I want to discuss self-care today by interviewing my friends.
T: How are you guys today?
S: New episode of Broad City today so! Pumped!
T: Ditto. So you guys know yesterday was World Mental Health Day.
S + P: Yes, definitely.
T: Did you do anything special to take care of yourself?
P: Umm… oh! yes! I went to the gym! It’s something that I know is good for me.
S: No… I had too many responsibilities to take care of…
T: I hear that. I had an excellent therapy session yesterday! So, what does self-care look like to you guys?
P: I haven’t been super good about doing it but, working out and writing in my journal. And I do face masks sometimes!
T: I think you’re better about it than you think. Sojo?
S: Most of the time I do Self-Care Sundays, which is like giving myself a mani-pedi, and I do my hair, and a face mask, and I rest. I try not to leave the house and deal with people if it’s not necessary. I watch funny TV shows and try to relax and laugh, maybe try to write a little bit.
T: That sounds stellar, dude. How do you balance your mental health with your day to day life?
S: *sighs* That’s a hard question…
P: I can answer! I’m… aware of it. You know what I mean? I’m aware that mental health is a thing, making sure I take my medicine, making sure I’m aware and ask for help when I need it.
S: I’m not sure I so much balance my mental health, more that I push it to the backburner. My social anxiety can be crippling, sometimes I don’t leave my house for days at a time, but sometimes I have to, you know, grocery shop and go to class, so I have to suck it up and deal.
It’s hard to find time to take care of yourself, but it’s important. And if you think you need a little more help than you yourself are capable of, seek someone out. You can always make an appointment to talk to one of the lovely counselors through Starfish. If you are in a crisis situation or feel like hurting yourself in any way, you can text START to 741741, or visit imalive.org or crisischat.org, or you can call the Montgomery County Crisis Center Hotline at 240-777-4000. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and mental illness can be just as debilitating as physical illness. Why should one be treated any different than the other? Take care of yourselves, raptors.