Everyone feels low from time to time but sometimes it can go on for ages and nothing makes you happy. There might be a reason (i.e. something is happening at home) but sometimes you cannot identify what has caused you to feel low.
As well as feeling low you might get other symptoms:
- Losing confidence
- Getting headaches, stomach aches, feeling sick
- Feeling irritable or angry or anxious
- Difficulty concentrating
- Not being able to see anything positive in the future
- Not wanting to see your friends or go out
- Feeling tired all the time
- Feeling useless and that everything is your fault
- Not being able to enjoy anything
- Crying and feeling sad for no reason
- Not wanting to eat anything or eating all the time
- Having difficulty sleeping or sleeping all the time
- Feeling as though life is not worth living and that people will be better off without you
If you are feeling like this for a lot of the time, it is worth seeking help. You can go and talk to your GP or come in and see us. You might be depressed. Depression is different from feeling low (which we all do), because it lasts longer and clouds everything you do. For more information on depression visit Teen Issues.
Seeing us at CHYPS Plus can help because there are people to talk to or to just listen. Sometimes it helps to just sort through all the different emotions that are going through your head.
Ways to try and feel better yourself
There are lots of things you can do to try and feel better about yourself, some of these are:
This sounds strange but you release a lot of positive hormones when you exercise which make you feel happy. You might not feel like it but force yourself to do something active for at least 15 minutes each day to up your spirits. You can go out for a walk, run, cycle, anything which gets your heart pumping.
Try to turn your emotions into positive ones
This isn't easy, when you feel low, sometimes everything can seem bad. In reality, there is always another side. Is there another way to view the problem? Have you looked at it from all angles? For example if you fail an exam, it might mean that you have to re-sit which is the negative side. The positive side is that you have been given another chance to learn the subject really well.
Weird, right? It is easy to see the negative side, we all do it, but when you practice seeing the positive, life becomes easier!!!
Don't dwell on things
It is good to identify what is causing you to feel low. Talk about it, get it out of your system. This can help your friends and family feel involved with what is going on as well as give you another view point. Try and work out ways of solving the problem but if you cannot, turn your attention to something else that you can solve. All of these things are easier to write down than actually do. Come and talk to us. Remember it is confidential.
You can ring ChildLine on 0800 1111, a free confidential help line for young people or the Samaritans on 08457 909090.