Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief
Apologies for my absence last week. I had an emergency, which is why I want to talk about something a little different from my usual witchiness.
Mental health is something very near and dear to my heart. I have only ever been to one or two therapy sessions before coming to college, and I probably should have gone to a lot more. I am sure a lot of people feel that way, and a lot of people are going through their own issues right now. All of this is on top of the volatile world we live in today, and it is enough to make anyone lose it.
Over break, I thought I had time. I thought I would be able to rest, relax, and recuperate. I really could not have been more wrong. My work decided that, since I was here in Lynchburg, they would not hire anyone else for the busy holiday season, and instead I was moved to a full time employee. This meant I had roughly one day off a week, and the other days, 8 hours of my life was spent doing a meaningless job.
In this, I neglected my other responsibilities. My housemates were not around, and I was too exhausted to clean the house. I fell behind on my research for my thesis and applications to grad school. My cat grew lazy and fat because no one was around to play with him. I didn’t even get to go home for Christmas and New Year’s, and instead spent both alone with my cat.
Worst of all, I neglected my mental health. I should have taken advantage of our school’s counseling center, which I believe was still open, as I fell into quite a depressive state in Dec. Instead, I waited and scheduled an appointment for this past Monday, which was cancelled because of the snow.
I am not sure if you, dear reader, are into astrology, but as a Capricorn, I felt like my life was falling apart at the seams. Maybe I am being melodramatic, but it does not feel that way. It feels like I need help beyond the ability of my friends, and so I sought it.
I am sure you have heard this all before, but right now is the only time in your life that counseling and services like it are going to be free. With the pandemic, and the various other meltdowns that are happening each month, you need to take care of you. If you feel emotional, out of balance, or like everything is slipping through your fingers, it is okay to seek help. It is what they are there for.
The number for counseling services is (434) 544-8616, or if you are like me and you hate phone calls, you can also go to the offices in the bottom of Hundley to schedule a session. They have options, too, for tele-counseling or face-to-face, so do not worry.
I hope you all have a great semester, and let us get through this together.