13 Ways to Survive

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Its always good to have some things to do to help take your mind of things if they are becoming overwhelming and interfering with your day to day life. Take some time to try some of these and develop some mental health survival skills.

1.  Phone a friend

This message is the same as before but it really helps to chat with other people when you are feeling down. A text doesn't have the same effect as a phone call! It's way better to hear a voice and have a chat!

2.  Go for a bike ride

If you’ve never tried it – get your hands on a bike and just set off and explore. Not only will you see things differently you’ll be doing your body good too-even better- go with a friend and have a laugh.

3.  Keep active

Sometimes it can be hard to get moving but even doing a little bit more can make you feel better.  It makes your brain release chemicals that make you feel good.  Do something with someone you trust and enjoy being with – have a game of football or go for a swim or just go for a walk. It also helps in distracting your thoughts so that you are not constantly over thinking!

4.  Read a book

Go to the library and borrow a book and just lose yourself in the pages- choose anything which looks good to you and dive in. Try different types of books- til you find the one which suits you- it can really help distract and allow you time for yourself.

You can also read books and comics online or go and use a computer in the library.

https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/libraries/libraries.aspx

5.  Go for a swim

The swimming pools and leisure centres usually have lots of fun swims so head to the pool and release some of that energy and emotion  through out the summer young people can get free swimming with ka lesuire if you live in North Ayrshire - check out

https://www.kaleisure.com/facilities/leisure/portal

https://www.kaleisure.com/facilities/leisure/garnock

https://www.kaleisure.com/activities/other/swimming/auchenharvie-swimming

6.  Try something new

Try something different – it will take your mind off things which are bothering you and you might surprise yourself and enjoy it too! It might be something simple like going on a walk or maybe trying an arts and crafts class or going for a swim.  Look at the Young Scot website to see what’s happening and give it a go-

https://young.scot/local-authorities/north-ayrshire/

7.  Keep talking

If you are feeling down or things are getting difficult – remember and phone or email or go online and chat to someone else who can help.  Check out the information on Young Scot or last week’s blog and talk to someone who knows how to support youChildLine Is the UK’s free, 24-hour helpline for children in distress or danger - www.childline.org.uk 

Including their e-mail and chat service:

https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/

8.  Get writing

Sometimes it really helps to write things down and describe how you are feeling- maybe reminding yourself of 3 good positive things each day. Or write a story- get your imagination going and see what happens. Maybe even a poem…It’s a great way to focus and let some of those really difficult feelings out.

9.  Practice some mindfulness

We all need some time to take a deep breath and focus on ourselves and how to relax. Mindfulness is all about living in “the moment” and forgetting all other distractions- you can learn to do it for long or short times but it really helps to keep the bad thoughts away

https://bemindful.co.uk/

10.  Go to the cinema

Sometimes it really great to concentrate on something else for a couple of hours.  So go and enjoy losing yourself, make yourself laugh or cry or just smile.

11.  Listen to your music

Make a playlist for your different feelings – if you feel sad then make a playlist that will help you smile and feel better.  If you feel anxious – make a playlist of calming, relaxing music.  Do this when you feel ok so its all ready for those times you need it.

12.  Have a bath

Yes- again we are promoting the bubble bath and some peace and quiet -Have a relaxing bath with bubbles and put on your music. There's nothing nicer than a nice hot bath for a few hours! Super relaxing!

13.  Draw or colour

Try some drawing and colouring – let your imagination go wild and channel your creative side. Do some colouring in or doodling and focus on what you are doing to distract yourself. You don't need to be the next Picasso, but as long as you're able to focus yourself onto what you're doing.