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What can I do?

Everyone is different, so you have to keep in mind what works for one person might not work for you.
If you don’t want to see a therapist or just want to know how to improve your mental health in general, there are a lot of things you can do. Everyone is different, so you have to keep in mind what works for one person might not work for you. Here in Childline we think it's important you feel good about yourself and think you're the person that knows yourself best. So, we won't tell you what to do, we'll try to help you come up with your own solutions. Feel free to contact us and we can talk with you about what you want to happen. Here are a few things that you might want to think about trying:
  • Join and Meet! You could try to stay in touch with friends, or perhaps join a club, or just have an opportunity to be with people who make you feel good and who you can talk to.
  • Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or talk to people about what’s going on as you have a right to get support. They might be able to listen or give you tips for getting through a difficult situation
  • Get Informed - Once you work out what might be causing you to feel bad, you can do something about it.
  • Talk to Someone - Talking to someone you feel comfortable with and trust, such as a friend, parent or counsellor can be a great way of expressing your feelings. These people are also well placed to help you identify why you are feeling down and help you work out ways to deal with it.
  • Get Some Head Space/Chill Out - Sometimes getting some head space and a change of scenery can be helpful. This might include going for a walk or listening to your favourite music, reading a book, whatever works for you.
  • Express your Feelings - Writing down your feelings and keeping a journal, can be great ways of understanding your feelings and a particular situation. It can also help you think about alternative solutions to problems.
  • Look After Yourself - Feeling down may be your body telling you it needs to take time out, and pushing yourself might just make things worse. Take time out to spoil yourself by doing something that you usually enjoy. Even though you might not feel like it, exercising and eating well can help. Getting plenty of sleep can also help. Exercise helps stimulate hormones, such as endorphin, which help you feel better about yourself and your life. If you haven't done a lot of exercise before, it might be a good idea to start doing something small a couple of times each week, such as a 15 minute walk or a few laps of a pool. Visiting your GP for a general check up can be a way of making sure there isn't any physical problem.
  • Get Creative! - Find things to do to distract yourself from feeling down and that get you thinking creatively. This can be chatting to friends on msn, going for a walk, playing a game. Even though you might not feel like it at first, it might be enough to shift your mood.
  • Avoid Drugs and Alcohol - Try not to use alcohol or other drugs (including lots of caffeine or other energy boosting drinks) in the hopes of feeling better. The feeling is usually temporary and the after effects often make you feel worse.