Feeling sad and lonely? You’re not alone.
It’s normal to sometimes feel down. Maybe you’re sad because of something that’s going on in your life, like failing a test or missing a loved one. Or maybe you’re just stressing about your bodily changes or family’s situation.
Here’s what you can do to feel better…
It can be a bit hard to feel positive when you feel sad. And most especially when everything around you just seems to be going wrong. But you have to try. You can start by reminding yourself of all the things that make you feel good about yourself. Things like being smart, having a great family around you, a skill you have, or how nice you. This can make you feel so much better.
Keep a notebook
Keeping a notebook also helps. Write stuff that makes you feel great, like motivational quotes about your worth, strength and purpose. Place it somewhere you can see it. Looking at it everyday can lift you mood. It will also remind you to stay strong/If you get stuck on what to write about yourself, speak to your parents or guardian and ask them what your good traits are.
Get a hobby
Join a club or start one. Hanging out with people like yourself is good for laughs and self-esteem. Let’s say you love reading; start a book club with other kids in your compound or at school. You can also start a sports or dance group with your friends. It will distract you.
Look around your community. Is there an group that needs volunteers? Or try your neighbourhood. Is there an old person who needs someone to help them go to the market? Before doing good, remember that your safety comes first. Get an adult you trust, like a parent or teacher, to help you find the best organisation or person to help.
Get it off of your chest
They say a problem shared is half solved. Tell an adult you trust what’s happening inside you. Opening up about your feelings can make you feel better. If you don’t have a trusted adult in your life, you can speak to a close friend or even a cleric.
With the right support, things do get better.
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