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7 Reasons Why People Feel Overwhelmed

There are loads of reasons for feeling overwhelmed - here are just a few.
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1. Being bullied or feeling unhappy at school
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Talk to a trusted adult about how you’re feeling. They will be able to offer the support and help you need.

If a friend is being bullied, encourage them to talk to someone. You could offer to go with them for support.

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2. Stressed and worried about school or exams
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Talk to someone about how you’re feeling.

Plan your time so that you can revise but also take regular breaks.

Make sure that you look after yourself by eating well and getting plenty of sleep.

Take a look at the advice in our article about exam stress.

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3. Feeling alone and isolated 
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Consider joining a group or club to meet new people.

Read through the different articles we have on friendship and making friends.

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4. Bereavement
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Talk to a trusted adult about how you’re feeling.

Think about ways to remember the person, like visiting a special place they loved or making a memory jar about them.

There are lots of other ideas and advice from The Laura Centre and Winston’s Wish.

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5. Low self-esteem
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Write a list of the things that you’re really good at and look at it regularly.

Be a friend to yourself. Think about what you would say to a friend who was feeling this way, and say those things to yourself.

Give yourself a challenge. Try something you haven’t done before or used to enjoy.

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6. Parents going through divorce
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Talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling.

It’s okay to feel sad about your family changing.

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7. Concerns about sexuality
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Don’t feel rushed to make a decision about your sexuality.

Talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling.

Get more advice in our articles about sexuality.

 

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