It’s been such a weird year with so many struggles. Whether your student is back on campus for hybrid or in distance learning, it’s tempting to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel, especially with the vaccine on the horizon for some adolescents. In the meantime for students, challenges remain–including doing this latest iteration of school. And we’re learning that there’s a lot they don’t know how to put into words. Some “postponed” their grief and sense of loss over the last year and find it hitting them now, all at once. Others have hit a wall of this going on too long and feel they can no longer imagine things going “back to normal”. Creating a non-judgmental, no advice space for them to talk about how it feels to be them right now is a good idea. For them to deny, or judge, their feelings will not support their mental health. And chances are, you may be feeling the exact same way having hit “the pandemic wall” yourself. You can find a great article on the subject here.
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