When I was 7, my dad got a job overseas, in a country I had never even heard of. I had to leave behind my childhood and move to a town where I didn’t speak the language. It was tough starting school. It was a small school with only about 60 students. Soon after I settled in I began to love this new place. I loved all my classmates and they all loved me!!
When I turned 13 my parents told me the news. I was moving back home. I didn’t want to leave!! This place was my new home. I didn’t want to go!
Hindsight is a mean creature. Imagine the lives that could be saved, if we knew today what we will find out tomorrow. Suicide stole a friend of mine. As cliché as it sounds…suicide really did steal a piece of everyone who knew him that day.
I’m 20, and I’m sitting at a friend’s funeral. I didn’t think this was coming for another 50 years. Ten days earlier, we’d been chatting away, making plans to catch up. The next day, he took his life. He didn’t seem himself the weekend before he did it. I knew he wasn’t happy and we were worried. I asked him if he was going to “do something silly” but he said he “was fine,” so I assumed he was. I spoke to him the next day and he said he was great, and we organized to go to a football game the next week.
Taking care of yourself keeps your mind and body primed and ready to deal with stressful situations.
Taking care of yourself can mean anything from paying attention to your own needs and feelings to helping others whose problems are more serious than yours. It can mean finding the will to live well, engaging in activities that you enjoy and experience as relaxing. It can mean slowing down and doing nothing at all for awhile.
Every one of us faces times of anxiety, stress and pain. These suggestions are ideas for ways to help you get through the tough times. Taking these small steps can help reduce even normal levels of stress that come with life as a young person. They won’t help everybody all the time, but even a little can make a difference.
Your heart rate is beating faster and you feel better, today and tomorrow.
Any amount of exercise can noticeably boost your mood.
Helps the body:
Strengthens immune system
Manages body weight
Helps the mind:
Stimulates blood flow into the brain
Reduces stress, distress and anxiety by burning off stress-inducing hormones
Lifts mood by releasing feel-good hormones
Improves self-confidence with better fitness
Relieves pent-up muscle tension