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Train Not Drain

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Two years of battling the pandemic had passed, and coping with the help of new learning modalities was brought up to aid the educational system's problem; along with these, the issue regarding people's mental health had arisen but still was not as important as the two mentioned. Although it caught much attention, it is not enough to be prioritized as it is seen as a minor problem that doesn't require much attention. Despite the pieces of evidence that show how our mental state affects our lives or how we function, for some reasons, it is still not enough to convince others that this is also an important issue that needs immediate action. So, what makes it so hard to address mental health issues?

People see mental health-related issues as a vain or weakness, especially for the students. They are expected to work under pressure, so they will likely adjust to any situation. As the schools serve as their training ground, it is part of their training to struggling physically, emotionally, and mentally. However, this should only be to a certain extent. Training is different from draining.

We are fed with the idea that to succeed-- we need to work as hard as possible-- since perseverance determines one's success. That is why people often overwork and push themselves to their limits. As everyone is eager to reach their goals, they are willing to sacrifice other things, such as their well-being in general, just to achieve their ambitions. Students are not exempted from this ideology. They are the ones who experience this first-hand, as building your dreams starts from the moment you start learning and studying.

It is undeniable that students do really need to and will experience struggles and challenges as this is inevitable, not just in studying. However, due to the pandemic, students struggled academically and emotionally, and mentally. With the anxiety of getting the COVID-19 virus and being home-isolated, the students worked hard to adjust to home/self-studying via modular learning or online classes. Although, the pandemic didn't only produce unfavorable effects on the students. Since they can do it on their own time, they have the liberty to do other things as well. They can rest, travel, and do home chores while doing their academic responsibilities as classes or learning is only done online or modular.

Online classes and modular learning indeed gave benefits and disadvantages to the students. Although, they were obligated to juggle school and home responsibilities while dealing with the ongoing effects of the pandemic, which caused an increase in stress and anxiety among the students. They were coping with the new normal, and getting bombarded by school requirements ruined their mental health as they were shocked by the rapid changes they had to live in. And what's shattering is that they've been trying to tell how it affected them, yet it wasn't addressed as it is supposed to be. Administrations repeatedly reiterated that these tasks were part of their training or preparation for the real world. Is it?

Considering the students' plea to regard their well-being as they all try to make it through the pandemic is a good way to start addressing mental health issues. The stigma and invalidation of one's feelings make it hard for one to address this issue. It is time to break the mindset of overworking and harnessing one's capabilities. As it is always qualities over quantities, given school tasks should be doable, practical, and relevant.

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