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Anxiety in Uncertain Times

The world before you left for spring break seems much different than the world you are experiencing today. In December, we began hearing about a virus in China, half a world away. It made the news in quick segments, but the anchors would move on to another topic like any other night. Here we are in April, diving deep into the world of online learning, staying at home, social distancing and unsure of what the future may bring. For some, there is a feeling of loss and grief. Cancelled events, missing friends, and feeling like things were left unfinished. It's okay to be sad, and it's okay to be upset. For others, they may feel worried or anxious about the future, not knowing what is going to happen next. What's important is that we understand those emotions and deal with them appropriately. Everything seems to be evolving quickly, and what we hear isn't always positive. Mr. Roger's famously said, "“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. '” You can see them all around you. Our community's first responders, doctors, nurses, neighbors, teachers, counselors (yes, me!), parents, and friends are all around trying to help. While we may have to do it at a distance, remember you are never alone. Support is a text, phone call, or email away. When you are feeling anxious, feeling like everything is changing, take a moment to look around you and see all the things that haven't changed. Take note of those unchanged portions of our lives and reflect on them. Sometimes the best way to process emotion is to give ourselves the gift of time to reflect on how we feel, and know it's okay to feel however we feel. While we can't call you into our office right now to check in and see how things are, please remember we are still here, just in a different way. Know that Mrs. Sands and I are thinking about you often and that you will grow from this experience in amazing ways. #pryorproud

Mrs. Mayer

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