TLDR: How do I cope with being generally gloomy about almost all aspects of life for a 17 year old?
From about Easter onwards, I feel like I've had a gloom surrounding me.
My exams are coming up soon, and I'm dreading it. It's my final year at school and surpisingly I don't want to leave, but at the same time I'm excited to start the next chapter in my life. The person I like doesn't like me back, and whilst I try to forget about them, seeing them pretty much every day at school keeps them in my head, even though I try to have minimal exposure to them as possible. I feel like I'm becoming more distant from my friends, and whilst I'm probably overthinking things it really makes me feel sad when they do things without me (as I live in a different town to them). I no longer look forward to the weekends because I have work, homework and revision which takes up all of my time.
I've tried doing things to relieve stress: I go to the gym now, I put more effort into my appearence in order to boost my confidence, I meditate every now and then to clear my head and I've dedicated more time into improving my hobbies. I don't feel any mental change in my outlook, though.
I wouldn't say that I'm upset, just kind of somber in my outlook on life now and I want it to stop before it starts having a serious effect on my relationships with people. So, is there any way to help me stop feeling so down all the time? Has anyone experienced/experiencing something similar to this? Or am I being petty and these are just the normal struggles of being a teenager?
P.S. Sorry for the ramble, this is the first time I've transcribed these thoughts into writing so I don't really know where to start.
How to cope with feeling down all the time?
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