You’re not alone – Know that you are not alone in what you are thinking and feeling; we all have our own struggles, and there are people who have been through or are going through the same things as us. There are people to support you with whatever you are going through so have courage, be brave and reach out to someone. This could be a friend, family member or someone at school/college.
Appreciate nature – The sun shining through the trees, birds singing, waves crashing on the beach, a beautiful flower, a tiny insect…take time to look at the natural world around you, what can you see, hear, smell, feel, taste? Spend some time outside in nature and let it calm you and lift your spirit. I know it always makes me feel so much better and have a much more positive mental outlook!
Take time for yourself – Do something for yourself, something you enjoy – even if you don’t feel like making the effort. Doing something positive will boost your mood and happiness and give you energy and motivation. You could relax in the bath, listen to music, read a few chapters of a book; draw, paint, go for a walk or meet up with friends plus much more.
Be thankful – Make a list of the things you are thankful for. This could be things such as food, clothing, shelter, clean running water, family, friends, kind strangers, your talents and abilities, a book or movie that made you laugh or good conversations you’ve had with people. You could also include things you’ve done such as helping someone by holding the door for them or remembering to feed the cat this morning. Be specific if you can. Being thankful is a good attitude to have and it helps you to put things in perspective and feel much better about things in general.
Dream! – Is there something on your heart that you would like to do? Think about where your skills, talents and abilities lie and about the things that are on your heart. For example, seeing an end to poverty or homelessness; looking after our planet, caring for people or animals or the environment; or making people laugh and bringing a smile to people’s faces. Having a dream, something to work towards and achieve, gives you a positive focus and is great for your mind, body and soul. Don’t be afraid of dreaming big! Maybe you would like to learn to play a musical instrument, raise money or volunteer for a charity; learn another language, perform on stage, write a book or compete in the Olympics. One step at a time and you can make that dream real.
– Heidi (Youth Work Apprentice)