A top priority in our office is making sure youth have the resources and tools they need to thrive. Please utilize the list of resources below to assist with any mental health concerns. Additionally please sign up for our newsletter here and access student resources. Please also email Nikolas Vasquez at Nikolas.Vasquez@mail.house.gov to sign-up for the Youth Advisory Council to stay up to date with all things youth related in NY-16 and make sure the Congressman continues hearing your voice. 

Mental Health Coping Mechanisms

Tips to help you manage your Anxiety and/or depression. 

  • Create a schedule that works for you and do your best to stick to it. 

  • Take a time-out to clear your head. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. 

  • Get enough sleep to allow your body to rest and de-stress. Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.

  • Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.

  • Do your best instead of aiming for perfection. 

  • Accept that some things are out of your control. Instead, focus on things you can control. 

  • Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.

  • Talk to yourself nicely and practice affirmations. For example, “I am enough.” “I am loved.” 

  • Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.

  • Talk to someone including friends and family, and let them know how they can help you. 

  • Journal: Write down your thoughts. 

  • Exercise more even if it’s a short walk or quick YouTube work-out.

  • Forgive yourself for making a mistake. 

  • Take note of your achievements and your abilities, to help you build confidence

  • Give and accept compliments freely

  • Lastly, but most importantly, talk to a physician or therapist for professional help. In our next graphic we will share some resources for you to seek out.