Lions' Digest Winter Issue 03 2020

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23 | WINTER 2020

been taken away. The pandemic

has trapped the majority of

us within the confines of our

house, and the little connections

that brought us together are no

longer there.

I’ve always felt like the most

important moments are the

small ones that fill our days.

Giving your favorite teacher a

high five in the hallway, sharing

your morning Dunkin’ coffee

with your friends, or even

something as simple as passing

notes back and forth in class.

All these little things brought us

closer together even if for just

a second and, for people who

struggle to find happiness due

to SAD, it’s moments like these

that can mean a lot.

For several students at State

High, these little moments

that have been taken away have

made a big difference. Junior

James Dobson, who has been

experiencing SAD since he was

13, shared that COVID-19 just

heightened the feeling that he

was already experiencing.

“The cabin fever definitely

elevated it to an extent,” Dobson

said. “Staying inside with this

constant fear of going outside

made things so much worse.”

As we continue to stay in

remote learning, we spend eight

or more hours a day staring at

a screen. While the strain of

remote learning is undeniable,

the remote format can offer

a moment of relief for those

struggling with SAD. Dobson

found that being virtual allowed

him to fill more of his day with

things that bring him happiness.

“It was definitely helpful

because it allows me to do other

things that make me feel a little

better about the situation,”

Dobson said.

It’s especially important to

check in on your friends now.

Since SCASD is fully remote, it’s

quite easy for students to hide

from their peers and teachers.

Symptoms that might start to

show in school can be hidden

now that students are learning

from behind a screen. Although

being virtual can give some relief

in a tough moment, it can make

it too easy for students to act like

they’re fine.

For those who feel like they’re

struggling or developing SAD,

students shared tips that they’ve

found helpful.

Dobson recommends that you

try to do things that still make

you happy but follow COVID

regulations.

“Take a long walk and listen

to music, take a warm bath, and

treat yourself with love--or at

least try to,” Dobson said.

Figart encourages students to

engage in wellness activities.

“Meditation or exercise to

help clear your mind,” Figart

said. She also shared that

planning something to look

forward to can help boost your

mood and get you excited for the

next day.

These are hard times for

everybody, so if you or anyone

you know is struggling or

feels they may be experiencing

SAD, please reach out to your

counselors, parents, friends,

and/or the SAMHSA National

Hotline at 1-800-662-HELP.

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