BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Kids of all ages are now back to school. Although 2021 turns out to be another difficult year, many students are finding creative outlets to deal with the stress and anxiety of it all.
Second year high school student Dylan Bator reflects on the pandemic and the healing power of music.
“Mental health is a big problem, especially in middle and high school,” he said.
He said, like many, that COVID-19 took him by surprise, so he turned to music.
“It was, like, my way of getting away from all this anxiety or stress, you know, you don’t know what’s going to come next or who might have what … if something bigger is going to happen,” Bator said.
Singing and playing tunes occupied his mind.
“It’s important for, you know, that kids always have an outlet, you know, that they’re looking to have something that they can go to when they’re feeling very stressed or need to get away from it all. reality they’re in, and for me it’s just my music, “Bator said.
Dr Raphi Wald, registered psychologist, said we are living in difficult times.
“There is a lot of disappointment,” he explained. “There is a lot of anxiety and nervousness. There is a lot of frustration.… All beginnings are difficult. It is the case whether you are an adult or a child, but especially for children.”
He said the focus on how to cope is often misplaced.
“I don’t want them to think about it in terms of tips or exercises,” he said. “I think the most important thing is to talk about things, to understand what your child is going through.”
Bator’s father, Chris Bator, said that was his goal.
“Fortunately, we talk every day so I have a good relationship with my kids and I understand, you know, the different perspectives,” he said.
He is proud that his son’s music allowed Dylan and his classmates to escape during difficult times.
“Honestly, I feel like his ability to share his music has given him his outlet,” he said. “Her desire to somehow flourish has really given her the opportunity to have her way to overcome the challenges that we have encountered in society.”