This text is about when you don’t feel well emotionally. You can feel bad emotionally because of something that has happened, for instance, violence or sexual assault. You may feel bad because you are worried about something, for example, your family or what will happen in the future.
You can also feel bad and not know why.
You may have physical pain when you don’t feel well emotionally
For example, you might have a headache or a stomach ache. You might find it hard to relax and sleep well. You might be hungrier or less hungry than usual. Maybe you easily feel sad and cry. It is also common to feel angry and to find it hard to concentrate.
You may feel this way even if something you experienced as tough or dangerous happened to you a long time ago. In that case, it can feel strange to feel bad. But this is not strange or uncommon.
Nobody is happy all the time. Feeling sad or being worried is sometimes part of life.
Tips for feeling better
Here are five things you can do to feel stronger, happier and calmer:
- Get out and move, for instance, by exercising or taking a walk.
- Eat food that is good for you. It is a good idea to eat different kinds of food and to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables. Try to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack every day.
- Try to get enough sleep. It is best to sleep at night.
- Do things you like doing, and hang out with people you like.
- Tell a friend how you feel or an adult that you trust. You will usually feel better afterwards. It is also a good idea to talk about really difficult feelings, for example, if you think you can’t or don’t want to live anymore.
These tips make it easier to manage things that you want to do.
Drinking alcohol or using drugs is not good when you feel bad. This can make you feel worse.
Sometimes it’s easy to do something yourself to feel better. Sometimes it’s more difficult, for example, if something really tough has happened.
Get help if you feel really bad
Get help if you have felt bad for a long time or if you feel very bad. For instance, contact a Youth Guidance Centre (ungdomsmottagning), a health clinic (vårdcentral) or children and adolescent psychiatry (bup). You can get help from your school nurse or school counsellor if you go to school.
Call 112 or contact a psychiatric emergency room if you or someone else feels very bad, and you want to get help as quickly as possible. Call 1177 to find out where to go.
Ask someone you know to help you if you need help.