Be the best version of you!

You never know what is truly going on in someone’s mind.

At times, there are moments where we get lost in the mind to the point where you could seem to be unrecognizable to the ones around you or even yourself.

I asked the students of Kearsley High School how they take care of their mental health and make it a priority.

Senior Alex Pierce explains his routine to keep his mental and physical health in check.

“The way that I maintain my mental health is to go to the gym 3-5 times a week and stretch almost everyday. It is a great way to start the day and be able to wake yourself up. After I started working out, other people around told me that my mood was happier and how much healthier I had looked,” expressed Pierce.

Senior Hannah Pollick explains how she maintains a positive outlook on life.

“Personally, I have an anxiety disorder and go through phases of depression. Constantly finding myself in a state of overthinking on every single thing that goes on in my life is honestly depressing. My mind pushes negative thoughts into my mind when I just want to be happy. Overtime, I’ve learned to slowly control my anxiety and depression by not only surrounding myself with people that wouldn’t bring drama in my life, but help me to be the best version of myself. Also, learning how to reassure myself and think the opposite of the negativity that my mind tries to focus on,” explains  Pollick.

Senior Thalia Sanson-Espinoza tends to focus on keeping busy on something and finding relaxation.

“There are a lot of ways that help that really let me take a break from my thoughts by playing this puzzle game called Sukotdo. It, in a way, distracts me from my worries and stress. One of my favorite ways to clear my mind and regenerate is by going to Somerset Spa and getting a massage. I always end up falling asleep and it is just so nice to experience after a long week,” explains senior Thalia Sanson-Espinoza.

Keep the ones who make you feel safe and happy around when you are not feeling yourself.

According to an article from Healthline written by Erica Cirino that was medically reviewed by Karen Cross, FNP, MSN, Oxytocin is a chemical in our bodies that scientists sometimes call the “cuddle hormone.” This is because its levels rise when we hug, touch, or sit close to someone else. Oxytocin is associated with happiness and less stress.”

“Something so simple that has helped me is to have people that care about me around. Even just a hug or conversation can change how I am feeling so much,” stated sophomore Heidi Urban.

In the end, you are the one in control of the way you think and act.

Hold on to what makes you feel most at peace.