We wish there was a magic answer to stop people feeling low. Unfortunately, we can’t do that. However, there are some simple things that you can do to improve your mood and health.
Keep yourself busy
Getting on with chores, having some fun, starting a course, or getting a job can help pull your mind out of negative spirals.
Build up your skills
It doesn’t matter what it is—music, work, or a hobby—focus on something productive to stay focused on the positive.
Get your body moving
Endorphins are a natural antidepressant, so make sure you’re building up a sweat for half an hour or more, three times a week, to activate those ‘feel good’ chemicals.
You won’t always feel like it, but try to connect with family, whānau, or anyone who believes in you as much as possible. This could also include connecting with your own culture or church.
Break it down
One by one and bit by bit, solve problems that are getting you down. Deal with one problem at a time and get someone to help if it’s hard.
Keep life in balance
Make an effort to take time for the things you love; to have some fun; to get enough sleep, and to be kind to others. Avoid triggers like drugs and alcohol.
Ask for help
This can be the scariest part but there are loads of people who are able and willing to help you. Talking with someone like a counsellor, a teacher, a friend, a GP, or a youth worker can be a small first step with powerful results.
Counselling or therapy can really help. Speak to a counsellor, doctor, youth worker, or call a free helpline or look up a good website like The Lowdown.
Seek medical advice
For some people, taking medication such as antidepressants can change everything. Talk with a doctor if you would like to know more.