How to deal with the feels.

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We all have mo­ments when we go from be­ing as happy as Larry (see what we did there?) to feel­ing like we need to cry into a pil­low for no ap­par­ent rea­son. Or when we’re get­ting ready for a party and feel­ing su­per pumped, then all of a sud­den feel­ing to­tally down on our­selves and won­der­ing what the eff is wrong. “We of­ten get calls from young peo­ple who are con­cerned about changes in their mood,” ex­plains So­nia Thomp­son, a clin­i­cal prac­tice su­per­vi­sor at Kids Helpline. “They start to no­tice that they can swing be­tween feel­ing down and be­ing happy and then an­gry in a short space of time. These sud­den changes in mood can feel re­ally over­whelm­ing, but there are lots of peo­ple go­ing through the same thing.”


Part of it has to do with science. Dur­ing pu­berty, the body starts pro­duc­ing sex hor­mones called oe­stro­gen and pro­ges­terone. These hor­mones are re­spon­si­ble for phys­i­cal changes such as breast devel­op­ment, growth spurts and the start of our pe­ri­ods, and they can also cause emo­tional changes. “These sex hor­mones have dif­fer­ent ef­fects on every­one, and in some

peo­ple it can af­fect their emo­tions,” says So­nia. “The hor­mones can make you feel ups and downs, and you may not even know why you are feel­ing the way you do.” The other part of it has to do with life. Let’s be real: if high school isn’t enough of a rea­son to make you feel a lit­tle blue from time to time, we don’t know what is! The con­stant stress over maths home­work, squad dramz and hav­ing to wake up su­per early er­ry­day is to­tally a contributing fac­tor to feel­ing ~moody~ ev­ery now and then. “Be­cause there are so many changes go­ing on from the time you start pu­berty, it is re­ally com­mon to feel like you are stuck on an emo­tional roller-coaster,” ex­plains So­nia. “Some of the changes are hap­pen­ing within your body and some are hap­pen­ing ex­ter­nally.” So, ba­si­cally, feels are just a nor­mal part of grow­ing up.


It’s obvs im­pos­si­ble to fight bi­ol­ogy, so here are some nat­u­ral, med­i­cally proven ways to boost your mood. TALK IT OUT It’s easy to hold stuff in when you’re mad AF, but stud­ies show that bot­tling up your feels will ac­tu­ally lead to more anger out­bursts. Ad­dress the prob­lem in a calm and ca­sual way to find a sweet so­lu­tion. CATCH SOME Zs You may not know it or want to be­lieve it, but the amount of sleep you have each night has a ~ma­jor~ im­pact on your mood. Peeps who don’t get enough sleep are more prone to feel­ing ir­ri­ta­ble and an­noyed, and, in fact, a lack of sleep is linked to de­pres­sion. If you want to feel fab in the morn­ing, it’s rec­om­mended you get eight to nine hours of sleep ev­ery night. WORK IT Reg­u­lar ex­er­cise boosts the pro­duc­tion of en­dor­phins (AKA hap­pi­ness hor­mones), which means you’ll be im­prov­ing your mood and get­ting fit at the same time – it’s a win-win! Turn to page 102 for easy-as ex­er­cises you can do RN. GET CREATIVE Whether you en­joy cook­ing, draw­ing, colour­ing or writ­ing, creative ac­tiv­i­ties are a great way to chill out and express your­self. Keep­ing a jour­nal can also be su­per help­ful in deal­ing with your day-to-day probz. JUST BREATHE Re­lax­ation tech­niques such as med­i­ta­tion and yoga will do won­ders for your mood! Jump on Youtube for some free tu­to­ri­als or hit up a lo­cal class with your squad.


As we’ve al­ready men­tioned, feel­ing moody is a to­tally nor­mal part of life. But if you’re con­stantly ir­ri­tated, short­tem­pered and anx­ious to the point where your emo­tions are ac­tu­ally rul­ing your life and you’re hav­ing trou­ble deal­ing with oth­ers, you may have more than just a bad mood. “Ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­tense sad­ness or hav­ing a quick tem­per and feel­ings of iso­la­tion that last for a min­i­mum two-week pe­riod is a sign you re­ally need to talk to a pro­fes­sional about your feel­ings,” So­nia rec­om­mends. “Im­por­tantly, re­mem­ber that you are not alone in the way you’re feel­ing. Lots of young peo­ple go through mood changes, but if you’re wor­ried that some­thing might be wrong, lis­ten to how you’re feel­ing and reach out for some help – that’s a real sign of strength!”


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