Talking to someone can really help
Talking about low moods is key because it can help you understand that you might need help and support. It’s taking the first step in helping yourself to manage difficult situations and feelings.
Clearly not everyone finds it easy to talk to people about their problems, but avoiding the topic just makes it harder. Although you may feel uncomfortable, focus on finding someone you feel you can trust and feel safe talking to.
How to help yourself
Reflect on the possible stress points and triggers which you think may be affecting your day to day life and mood.
For example in Sarah’s situation she may have been finding school work stressful which could have then been impacting her sleep and mood. To help yourself try to
Write down your worries – this can help identify what’s affecting on your mood
Why not try writing a text message or letter
The next step is to develop an action plan to tackle the challenges which are affecting you. Writing is a really effective strategy because it helps you become self aware and recognise any changes you need to make. For example improving sleep patterns will improve your mood and concentration.
Also have a look at early warning signs and low mood just the facts.
How to get help
If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse (school nurse).
Find help in your local area
Find out what services are available to you in your area. Remember your school nurse is always there to give you confidential help and support.