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09November

Always feeling down? You are not alone

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness

Always feeling down? You are not alone

Depression can leave you feeling tired all day. Some days you just lack the motivation to do anything and this can affect your home life, your relationships and your physical health.

Everything in life can build up, leaving you emotionally drained. I speak from experience when I say; it is ok to feel like this.

Depression is persistent sadness. These feelings are usually uncontrollable and often difficult to explain. You can have difficulty sleeping, concentrating and eating. Lack of motivation and feeling sad for no reason could also be signs that you are depressed.

You may feel that these feelings are stupid and it is ridiculous for you to feel this way, but depression is far more common than you may think.

Victoria Pendleton, one of the stars of the London Olympics and a member of Team GB’s cycling team, recalls how she grappled with depression and self-harm throughout her cycling career because of a fear of failure and the pressure to be the best in her sport.  She felt this way despite winning multiple world and Olympic titles.

England rugby captain Jonny Wilkinson also suffered from depression, because of his need to win and his frustration with periods of injury. He felt this way despite helping his team to win many matches.

Feelings of depression are a common reaction to stress, anxiety, traumatic experiences or changes in circumstances. A whole number of factors can trigger depression.

Sometimes I have felt bored with life and there have been days where I have felt that I can’t be bothered to work, see friends or do the things I would normally enjoy.

I have combated these feelings by finding a job and fostering a good relationship with my parents but over the last couple of months this has been a constant challenge.

While not everyone may have a support network to help them through emotional difficulties, you can’t underestimate the value in just talking to someone about how you feel. Talking to your friends and/or family and building a support network around you can really help you feel better about yourself.

If you feel uncomfortable talking about your feelings to someone you know, you may find it easier to speak to a stranger who can listen and empathise; this could be a support worker, healthcare professional or even one of TCHC’s advisers.

Charities such as ChildLine and the Samaritans can listen to you and offer you free, impartial and confidential advice. You will be amazed at the difference getting your feelings off your chest can make!

Remember the old proverb, a problem shared is a problem halved.

Speak soon!

Emma

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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