Even if it’s not uncommon for teens and kids to feel sad sometimes, those moments can still feel overwhelming.
The good news is there is a lot you can do to help bust these bummers. Next time you’re feeling down, try some of these tips:
- Speak up: Find a trusted friend or adult and tell them what’s on your mind. Staying silent never helps.
- Know you aren’t alone. At some point in their lives, at least half of your classmates will feel symptoms of depression. That means there’s a good chance that at least two other kids in your class are feeling the same way as you do right now.
- Keep up with friends and fun activities. It might not sound fun, but try to hang out with friends, play sports and join activities. Pushing yourself to stay connected helps.
- Do something that makes you feel proud. Even small accomplishments can be mood-boosting. Do your homework, clean your room or help a sibling. Then, notice what a good job you did and feel proud of your awesome work.
- Talk back to your sadness. Imagine a friend told you they were sad or had a problem. Think about what you’d say to them – and then say that to your own feelings.
- Tell a loved one about scary thoughts and feelings. If you notice yourself thinking a lot about death or dying, talk to a trusted grown-up. They can help.
- Don’t skimp on sleep. Being unrested can make it easier to be sad or feel down. About an hour before bedtime, turn off your phone and TV, and try to focus on relaxing.
- Reach out for help. Besides your parents, a lot of grown-ups can help you with these feelings. Psychologists, social workers or counselors can help you understand and manage your feelings. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text CONNECT to 741741 for support. Call 911 immediately if you want to hurt yourself.
- By Dr. Mery Taylor, pediatric psychologist at CHOC Children’s With schools closed and the practice of social distancing in effect, it is certainly understandable for children to feel disappointed right now ...
- By Dr. Cindy S. Kim, pediatric psychologist at CHOC Children’s During a time of crisis when so many things are unknown, creating a routine helps children in several ways. Creating a ...
- If the ongoing spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing anxiety, stress and uncertainty for grownups, consider how troubling it may be for children. Depending on their age and media exposure, children ...