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Low Mood: Communication

Talking to someone can really help if you're feeling down.

Talking about low mood is key because it can help you understand that you might need help and support. It’s taking the important first step in helping yourself when it comes to managing difficult situations and feelings.

Not everyone finds it easy to talk to people about their problems, but avoiding the topic will only make it harder.

Although you might feel uncomfortable, focus on finding an adult you can really trust and feel safe talking to. If you don’t want to talk to a friend or family member, think about talking to someone in your school or college from the student support team; they are there to help you.

How to help yourself

Reflect on the possible stress points and triggers you think may be affecting your day to day life and mood.

You might ask yourself:

  • Why am I feeling this?
  • What has happened?
  • Has there been a trigger?

When you are thinking about your possible stress points and triggers, it can really help to write down your worries. This can help identify what’s affecting your mood and what your triggers are.

Why not try writing out a text message or letter, or try keeping a short diary?

The next step is to develop an action plan to tackle the challenges that are affecting you:

  • What would I like to do that I can’t at the moment?
  • What would I like to be different?

Again, writing this action plan down is a really effective strategy because it helps you become self-aware and recognise any changes you need to make.

Reflect on the possible stress points and triggers which you think may be affecting your day to day life and mood.

Sarah’s story is really good example of this. In her case, she has identified school work as a trigger so:

  • She may find that seeking support from a teacher or someone from the student support team at school will help her to improve her mood and concentration.
  • She may also recognise that being on her own so much is not helping, and is increasing her isolation. Therefore she may try to spend a little more time out of her bedroom and more time with her family
  • As Sarah is not sleeping well, and her tiredness is contributing to her low mood, she may find it really helpful to read about the different things she can do to improve her sleep

Remember – it’s important to talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling. It’s also important to remember that you CAN make the changes you need to feel better and more like your old self again. You can do it, just start talking!

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 school nurse.

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