Whatever your reason for moving out or moving on, the journey of trying to find a new place to call home can be both exciting and challenging at the same time. But it can get lonely especially if you are not at college or work or have no friends or family in the area. We all feel down from time to time especially if we haven’t got much money but talking to someone you can trust and finding things that make you feel good can help.
Other things that can affect how you feel are drinking alcohol or taking drugs as they lead to a chemical imbalance in the brain and give you mood swings. With 1 in 4 people dealing with mental health problems mostly anxiety or depression its normal to feel down at times. Try to get to the bottom of what’s getting you down there’s lots of help available to help you figure things out.
When you move into a new place it can be difficult to establish a regular routine for sleep. Sleep is important for our health and wellbeing You may have difficulty sleeping, sleep too much or wake up tired. When you are worried about something this can keep you up. Drinking or taking drugs can keep you awake and make you feel depressed.
To get a good night’s sleep
• Go to bed and wake up at a regular time
• Exercise regularly but not too close to bedtime
• Use relaxation exercises: visualise a pleasant scene or try some of the exercises on page 25 of Road to Relaxation booklet
• Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol close to bedtime. Although alcohol may help you fall asleep, it will affect the quality of sleep.
• Cut down on food/drink that contains caffeine such as tea, coffee, coke, chocolate etc six hours before bed time
• Avoid having a big meal before just before going to bed
Feeling better about things
Keep in touch with loved ones and get to know people in your area
Its easy to stay in and do nothing when you feel down, try to plan your day - go out, do something that makes you feel good
Learn how to manage your money better before things get out of control www.mymoneysteps.org.ukor if you need info about debt follow this link
Try something new, whether it’s a hobby or sport, learning new things will make you feel confident
Having someone to talk to helps, keep connected to others who you trust, none of us are superheroes, asking for help can make the world seem less scary.
Keep active and eat healthy it will make you feel good and helps manage stress so will getting a good night’s sleep
Take notice of how your feeling, a change of surroundings can help give you a positive perspective on your life and what really matters
Looking after your emotional health www.dudley.nhs.uk/emotionalhealth
Call Public Health on 01384321913 for a free Road to Relaxation booklet and CD or visit the site above to download a copy
Free online counselling and advice for young people Kooth.com www.KOOTH.com
Living life to the full - user-friendly training in life skills. http://www.llttf.com/
Free help with debt www.nationaldebtline.co.uk
Dudley Nature Reserves www.dudley.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/tourism-travel/out-and-about/dudleys-parks-and-nature-reserves
If you feel you are unable to cope by yourself speak to your practice nurse or doctor who will be able to help you work through what’s bothering you they may refer you to someone who provides counselling.
, go to the park, or to see somone you care about, take your head to a different place with a good book or go online at the library, or play your guitar, listen to your music, or.......