Teenagers nowadays are more prone to bad moods and feelings than the adults might realize. The `Generation Me` is so susceptible to suffer from anxiety, depression and stress related conditions that the numbers are alarming. Adolescents report that they feel lonely, socially isolated, emotionally numb, drained out and has unstable mood swings than in the past decades.
Many factors could come into play, like hormonal changes, shifts in personalities, identity formation, difficult life events, career aspirations and disturbed interpersonal relationships etc. Teens might not realize how to identify and cope with these emotions, it can lead to more morose things like:
- Substance abuse under peer pressure
- Acts of aggression i.e road rage, vandalism etc.
- Poor concentration in academics
- Suicidal thoughts
- Emotional outburst
- Extreme sensitivity to rejection or failure
- Changes in diet and sleeping pattern
It`s always better to curb the bad mood at the earliest, so that it doesn’t turn into a psychological disorder. Here are some things you can do to cheer yourself up:
1) Accept Your Feelings: Accepting your feelings and avoiding denial is probably one of the most important things to do at that point, because you have to know what you’re feeling isn’t wrong, its natural.
2) Clear Your Head: Avoid thinking about things that are bothering you and intensifying negative thoughts until you are composed enough to deal with them rationally. This can take hours, or weeks. Depending on the severity, really. But its worth a shot.
3) Do Not Engage In Negative Self Talk: Discouraging yourself during a bad mood is one of the worst things you can do to yourself. Instead, think about the positives and try to look at the silver lining of the situation. Every situation HAS a positive side.
4) Talk About It (This is an old one): Talking to a trusted adult always helps, have a good support system around you so that in times of need you have somebody to share your problems. Avoid talking about it with the wrong people. You’ll have to face irrational behavior and invalidation of your completely valid feelings.
5) Do something creative: Doodling,drawing, painting and writing during or post a bad mood can actually be very helpful, because your anger might bring out a side of you which you might not have known you have. And writing/drawing acts as a vent-out system, which in turn helps your mind to suppress the feelings. Sports is also a great way to overcome bad mood swings.
6) Get A Coloring Book: Seeing kids with coloring books and reminiscing on the days when the homework used to be just that. Since no one is stopping you, buy yourself a coloring book and color your way through the bad mood. Its very therapeutic.
7) Listen To Music: Music is something one can enjoy any time of day, except when it’s 3:00 am and you have to study for an exam and someone is blasting Honey Singh outside. But other than that, listening to music that you can relate to at that point in time is extremely helpful and soon enough you’ll find yourself nodding along to the song you almost always skip.
8)Lastly, Sleep It Off: The best thing to do if your anger or bad moods are persisting, is sleep it off. You’ll find that when you wake up, your mood will have gotten better and that you’re now able to think things out rationally.
A bad mood, if persists may lead to life-threatening conditions. Teens will not seek help themselves, it becomes our responsibility to inform a parent or guardian who is better equipped to deal with such problems.
This article is written by Gauri Srinivas.