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Dear Rosie,

What should my New Year’s Resolution be?

A new Personality 😉

 

Will we get snow anytime soon?

Nah, It’s gonna be 100+ degrees 

 

How do I study for my finals? 

Watch Netflix. Like they say “The movies can teach you about life”

 

Should I be more organized in the new year?

Nah, it won’t help you anyway so live in chaos!!!!

 

What should I do to not be stir crazy when it’s super icy outside?

Go for a run with some friends, I’m sure that’s safe


Club of the Month

Are you a fan of crafts, creativity, and community? Well then you should join the Art Club! Every Wednesday at lunch in room 086 meets the RHS Art Club. Art Club is a new club this year and  is for anyone who is interested or enjoys physical art mediums such as painting, crochet, illustration and fun art games like pictionary and art telephone. Art Club also provides a space for anyone wanting to work on artwork for school or fun. One member described the Art Club as a “chill, quiet, environment where everyone gets along.” If any of this piqued your interest, go check out the art club next week.


Ask a Therapist

In this issue of Ask a Therapist, Caitlin is answering another great student question. If you’d like to get in touch to comment or ask follow ups, feel free to reach out to Caitlin at [email protected]

 

The question is: How do you motivate yourself to get out of bed? 

 

Caitlin says: 

This is an amazing question for this time of year. So many people in the Pacific Northwest, young and old, experience what is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is what we call the symptoms of feeling down or depressed when winter rolls around, the sun is no longer shining, and the weather has turned cold and rainy. Many people report struggling to get out of bed in the morning or to find motivation to do much of anything during the day and into the evening. 

SAD is just one reason folks struggle with motivation. For others, especially teens, depression can be a factor or something like anxiety because of the dread of having to get up and go to school/work/out of the house. It can feel like staying in bed is a safer, more comfortable choice than having to face the world and any of the problems we’re struggling with. 

For anyone who struggles with getting out of bed whether it’s because of mental health struggles or because your bed is just warm and cozy and hard to get out of, here are some basic tips that can help: 

  1. Find an alarm that has a “sunrise” feature. When it’s time for your alarm to go off, the light will come on to mimic a sunrise. It can help trick your brain into thinking it’s sunny and bright outside. Certain light bulbs (like Hue or SmartHome) can be connected to your phone and you can set a schedule for them to turn on at certain times. 
  2. Talk to a therapist. For folks who struggle with SAD, depression, anxiety, or anything else, talking to a therapist is a great way to address those struggles and get some ideas for feeling better. (For help finding a therapist, reach out to your school counselor, Caitlin, or our social worker Ms. Kristin.)
  3. Make a doctor’s appointment. One reason that SAD happens is because sunlight gives humans Vitamin D. When there’s less sun, we get less Vitamin D. Vitamin D has a big impact on our energy levels. A doctor can help you figure out if you are low in Vitamin D and can recommend taking vitamins to fix it. 

 

These are just a few ideas to get you started but please reach out to a trusted adult if you want extra support. And if you are feeling depressed, thinking about suicide, or otherwise are not doing well, call the National Suicide Hotline by dialing 988 or the Multnomah County Crisis line at 503-988-4888. For LGBTQIA2+ youth, contact the Trevor Project by texting “START” to 678-678. 

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