3 Things to do when you feel down
Life can be difficult and we all feel down at some point or another, sometimes for a longer time than we would like. If you’re in that situation today Choma, I’ve put together three quick thoughts that could make you feel a little better. It won’t make everything okay immediately, but just changing the way you think about how you feel could be really good for you in the moment. So here are three things to do when you feel down.
Think about all you’re grateful for
Take a moment to just think about it Choma. What are you grateful for? Even if things around you are not going well, there must be someone or something that still makes you feel good inside. It could be your parents and all they’ve done, a teacher or friend helping you through a tough time or something you’re looking forward to, activities you enjoy doing, music, art, nature, sport. We all have something to be grateful for. When you’re feeling down, keep those things in mind - because gratitude is one of the things that keeps us moving forward.
Think about how far you’ve come
Think about something that you’ve done that has made you proud. It could be something you did yesterday, last week or many years back. Remembering something you’ve achieved or gotten through is one of the best ways to remind yourself that you can do it again. Being proud of yourself is also an instant mood booster.
Express your emotions
Think about what’s really bothering you. Is it something you did or something someone else did that’s made you feel down or embarrassed? Is it about something you were unable to get or maybe even a relationship situation that’s left you feeling upset? Call up your best friend, favourite cousin, close sibling or even your parent and talk to them about what happened to you. Remember that you can always send a question to me via Ask Choma, I always have your back. You’ll see how quickly you feel better just because you got something off your chest. It’s also quite likely the person you’re talking to would have gone through something similar so chatting to them will make your situation seem a lot less bad than you initially thought it was.
Feeling sad or upset is a natural part of life and something we all go through. The above advice is just to help you in the moment Choma, but if you’re feeling down and feel like there’s nothing you could do to make you feel better, than it might be better for you to talk to a counselor. If you don't know of any in your school or community, then you can contact the following numbers:
The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)
24hr Helpline: 0800 12 13 14
24 Hour Counselling Number: 011 422 4242 or 0861 322 322
You shouldn’t have to go through anything alone Choma. There is help out there.
Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).
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