This is the place where your emotions should sit on a typical day. It doesn’t mean you have a perma-grin, but you get joy out of things you like, and if anything throws you o , you’re able to handle it. Remember what this feels like, so you know when something is o .
Having a Bad Day
A case of the blahs every now and then is typical, and usually the result of something situational, such as failing a test. You may be frustrated, disappointed or sad, but you’re able to igure out a way to feel better rather quickly.
In a Funk
This often comes on after something major rocks your world, such as a big ight with a BFF. You may feel depressed (lack of energy, not up for seeing friends, no appetite) but in reality you’ve just hit a mental-health rough patch that will only last for a few days or so.
MAKE A LIST (OR READ THAT LIST)
Whenever you’re really not feeling yourself, go into your Notes app and type out some of the things that put you in a great mood. Knowing what gives you a lift is empowering and allows you to have a sense of control over your emotional wellbeing. When you’re a little down, these things can double as self-care strategies.
SEARCH A HAPPY HASHTAG OR ACCOUNT
Sometimes all it takes to feel better is connecting with other people who can understand what you’re going through. Forget the picture-perfect accounts, and check out @bethdrawsthings or @sadgirlsclub for a pick-me-up.
TALK IT OUT WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST
When you keep bad feelings cooped up in your brain, they can seem like a bigger deal than they are. Connect with a friend, parent or member of your faith community, and be honest about what you’re going through. You will be amazed at how much better you might feel just by saying, ‘I’m not feeling so great.’
TALK IT OUT WITH SOMEONE YOU TRUST – BUT NEXTLEVEL
Some mentalhealth problems, such as depression or severe anxiety, warrant the help of a trained professional – so make a plan to speak to a counsellor, doctor or therapist. Your feelings are nothing to be ashamed of.
You haven’t been yourself for more than two weeks, and you can’t ix it. You may have no interest in your fave things – you feel sad, angry, irritable and hollow, and experience a sense of doom. You may also have changes in your sleep or appetite, unexplained aches and trouble getting out of bed.
You have thoughts of hurting yourself, and they don’t go away after a few seconds. You also may be thinking about a speci ic way to end your life and have a sense that there is no other option. Either way, this is an emergency – and must be treated as one.
REACH OUT FOR IMMEDIATE ASSISTANCE
You need help this very minute. That’s right: This. Very. Minute. And there is someone waiting to talk to you right now: call SADAG on ( 0800 121 314.