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I am a Grade 10 student currently attending Holy Names high school.

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Despite all that we have been through these past 18 months during the pandemic, I believe it is so very important to continue to focus on the positive.

Everyone has negative thoughts. It’s normal. However, I feel there is a huge difference between negative thoughts and negative, constructive thoughts.

If you continue to have the same negative thoughts and doubts without trying to do something about it, your mind will play on repeat. Repeating the same situation or the same negative thought is not healthy for anyone.

Not for yourself, not for your friends and not for your family. Although you may not see it, everyone around you can be affected by your mental state. Everything takes practice, right? When you begin to find tactics and ways in which you can help yourself when thinking about those negative thoughts and turn them positive, you will start to feel empowered.

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Mental health has plummeted for everyone during the pandemic. I understand how difficult it can be to stay motivated to do even the simplest things, but you can do it when you are ready.

Society constantly reminds us of the things we have to do, the way we need to act, look and handle our lives. But that is different for everyone. It’s okay sometimes to not live up to everything. If that means not putting on makeup before work or not getting everything done on your to-do list, that’s okay.

You did your best and that is all that matters. Continue to do your best and be yourself.

Najalena Townsend, Windsor

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