It's okay to not be okay


We each have days when we feel like the sun is shining and everything is great, and then other days when all we can see and feel is grey skies. It’s normal not to always feel amazing, but there are times when life can seem like it is just too hard and you feel as though you are just not coping at all. Sometimes these feelings are overwhelming or go on for a long time, and it’s important to remember that you don’t need to cope with them alone, and that there are things you can do that may help you to feel better.

Some simple things that can help are to make sure that you are getting enough sleep, eating a variety of foods including fruit and vegetables and doing regular exercise. Friends and family can be a great help at times like these, but just like physical health there is nothing wrong with seeking support from professionals when you feel that something isn’t quite right and you’d like to feel better. 

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Sometimes it is tempting to pretend everything is okay, just because it looks like others are doing fine, or because you’re worried about what people might say. But the truth is, many of us have faced big challenges with how we feel, and there are things that can help! Rather than saying there is nothing wrong it may be that asking for help in the tough times demonstrates courage, strength and maturity, and it may be the first step to feeling better!

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