Young People: Improving Your Emotional Wellbeing
Growing up is difficult for many young people. With changes developmentally, physically, and emotionally it is understandable for there to be a certain level of stress! However, when you combine all these changes with having to care for a loved one, the stress can feel even more intense. The good news is that there are many things that you can do to improve your emotional wellbeing by just making a few small changes throughout your week!
Eating healthy foods and exercising are two very easy things that you can do each day to help boost your mood. Doing these things help your body physically, as well as improve the way you view yourself. While many young people have on-the-go lifestyles, it is important to make sure that meals are not being skipped. Skipping meals can cause irritability and fatigue, putting a damper on your emotional wellness for the day.
When a young person is faced with a difficult issue, sometimes doing something fun can be just the right distraction to help cope with the stress. Spending time with friends, playing sports, engaging in a hobby, or expressing yourself creatively are great distractions that can help with emotional wellbeing. Sometimes just having some alone time to read, write, or watch your favourite TV show can help you to recharge and unwind.
While all these things can help a young person improve their emotional health and wellbeing, knowing when to reach out for support is also helpful. If you need advice or support, reaching out to a trusted adult can make all the difference between a good day and a bad one. Improving your emotional wellbeing does not have to be a solo journey. When having to care for a loved one at a young age, there is a certain amount of pressure and responsibility that can hinder your emotional wellbeing.
It may be that you need help putting things in place such as healthy eating, exercise, activities, and support. And this is nothing to be ashamed of. It can be a very brave step to acknowledge that you need help.
Please know that you are not alone, even if it may sometimes feel that way. Here at Suffolk Carers Matter we can work with you to try and reduce the stress of your caring role and in turn this will hopefully improve your emotional wellbeing.