Not Feeling Bad is NOT the Same as Feeling Good

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I always recall, near the last month of school, watching a lot of movies. I honestly just assumed that was because my teachers were just as ready for summer break as I was, which is still probably true, however, since my employment with a school district, I have learned the real reason behind the movies, class parties, and lack of academics- KIDS. BE. CRAY, like full moon every night crazy, at the end of the school year.

With my position being in a behavioral unit, the degree of crazy being higher than that of gen. ed. is kindly implied.

On top of us being upon the last two weeks of school, I have a new student who I am working one on one with 3 days a week.

This student is severe.

That being said, my blog has suffered a bit due to the “unsettledness” at work.

Today, I want to put in a tidbit about keeping ones own mental health in check for during the crazy times- and anytime.

Mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics, not just the absence of mental health problems and being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Not feeling bad is not the same as feeling good. While some people may not have negative feelings, they still need to do things that make them feel positive in order to achieve mental and emotional health.

Humans are social creatures with an emotional need for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Our social brains crave companionship—even when experience has made us shy and distrustful of others.

Social interaction, specifically talking to someone else about your problems, can also help to reduce stress. The key is to find a supportive relationship with someone who is a “good listener”—someone you can talk to regularly, preferably face-to-face, who will listen to you without a pre-existing agenda for how you should think or feel. A good listener will listen to the feelings behind your words, and won’t interrupt or judge or criticize you. The best way to find a good listener? Be a good listener yourself. Develop a friendship with someone you can talk to regularly, and then listen and support each other.

Jessica Arrant
STAR Program/ BAC

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One thought on “Not Feeling Bad is NOT the Same as Feeling Good

  1. Excellent advice, I believe. 🙂

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