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How are you feeling today?
Happiness is the state of feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. It can mean that you are pleased with yourself and your choices, and with the person that you are. Happiness is more than how we feel when something good happens to us.
Here are some interesting things about being happy
- Happy people get sick less often and experience fewer symptoms when they do get sick.
- Happy people have more friends and a better support system.
- Happy people donate more to charity (and giving money to charity makes you happy, too).
- Happy people are more helpful and more likely to volunteer—which also makes you happier! Be sure to check out ChildLine Volunteer tab
- Happy people have an easier time navigating through life since positivity eases pain, sadness, and grief.
- Happy people have a positive influence on others and encourage them to seek happiness as well, which can be strengthening.
- Happy people engage in deeper and more meaningful conversations.
- Happy people smile more, which is beneficial to your health.
- Happy people exercise more often and eat more healthily.
- Happy people are happy with what they have rather than being jealous of others.
- Happy people are healthier all around and more likely to be healthy in the future.
- Happy people live longer than those who are not as happy.
- Happy people are more productive and more creative, and this effect extends to all those experiencing positive emotions.
If you’re interested in learning more about happiness, click on the link here
Did you know that “OKAY” is a phrase used to ask someone if they are feeling fine, especially when one suspects they may not be?
What does it mean to feel okay?
- It may mean I’m happy or feeling sad
- It might mean I’m feeling good or really bad.
Let’s find out some more about feeling okay. Take this brief, fun quiz.
Feeling angry is a normal, healthy response to a threat and may be used for a constructive purpose. When anger becomes uncontrollable or is unexpressed, it may lead to negative consequences.
- Your body has several ways of letting you know when you are getting too angry. Some common feelings may include:
- Your heart feels like it's racing—it beats very fast and may even feel like it's pounding in your chest, or pounding in your head.
- Your body temperature increases—you feel hot and may sweat a lot.
- Your muscles tighten—your body feels tense and on edge
- Your body temperature increases—you feel hot and may sweat a lot
- You may develop a headache – you may feel like your head is pounding or pulsating
Are there some situations that make you feel particularly angry?
Think about the last few times you became really angry. Do you know exactly what it was that made you angry? Was it justified or did you feel you had a right to be angry? How did you feel? By becoming more aware of what upsets you, and how you feel when you are angry, you can take control of it before it takes control of you.
Here are some helpful ideas
- Pay attention to what upsets you. When you’re able to figure out what triggers angry feelings, you can make decisions about how to manage these triggers. Sometimes they’re avoidable and other times not; it’s up to you to be prepared with strategies that will help you stay in better control.
- Leave the scene—Take yourself away from the person and/or place where you became angry. A change of scenery can help you “cool off” your angry feelings.
- Walk away instead of driving away—Walking is a great way to get your anger out. Avoid driving to prevent yourself from putting yourself and others in danger.
- Choose safe ways to deal with anger—Take deep breaths, repeat a calming word, relax your muscles, imagine a calm place to decrease your anger. Do not drink, use violence or pick up a weapon.
- If you feel you’re a danger to yourself or others, call 911 or go to the closest emergency room. If you’re having thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself or hurt other people, it’s important to get help immediately!
Depression is more than just feeling sad. It can mean severe and long-lasting periods of low mood that eventually hinder your ability to live a normal life and/or maintain healthy relationships.
Some common signs of depression include
(Stanford Children’s Health)
- Intense feelings of sadness or hopelessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering things
- Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
- Sleeping too much or too little
Please seek professional help if you think you or someone you know may be experiencing depression.
- ChildLine (800-4321)
- Lifeline (Suicide hotline) (800-5588)
- Families in Action (628-2333)
- Domestic Violence (800-SAVE/7273)
- Rape Crisis Society (627-7273)
- Child Guidance Clinic (726-1324)
- Children’s Authority (800-2014)
Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. Did you know that stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline?
Emotional symptoms of stress include
- Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
- Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
- Avoiding others
Physical symptoms of stress include
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
Cognitive symptoms of stress include
- Constant worrying
- Racing thoughts
- Forgetfulness and disorganization
- Inability to focus
- Poor judgment
- Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
Behavioural symptoms of stress include
- Changes in appetite -- either not eating or eating too much
- Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
Here’s what you can do
- Take a walk
- Read a book
- Listen to music
If the source of your stress is due to a medical condition, you may want to talk to your parent/ guardian or your healthcare professional.
Workshops and webinars
ChildLine Virtual Ambassador Program
Register for this program to develop interpersonal, communication and leadership skills through training sessions and peer support/mediation!
ChildLine Virtual Camp: Vacation-Time Fun-Time
Register for this workshop for a virtual camp experience to sharpen and learn new skills through fun and games, with daily prizes to be won!
Introduction to Psychosocial First Aid
Register for this workshop to learn how Children and Young Persons can Survive Emotional Crisis due to COVID-19.
Improving Parent-Child Communication During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Want to learn effective strategies for communicating with your child during this crucial period? This webinar is for you.
Mental Health and Self-Care Awareness
This workshop is intended to educate and equip participants with information and strategies to be able to cope with the mental health stressors caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
How to Talk to Children about Difficult Topics
This web series aims to equip participants with information and guidance for communicating difficult or uncomfortable topics with children and young persons.
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The ChildLine difference
ChildLine Ambassador Programme
The Ambassador Programme seeks to expand ChildLine’s presence in schools by introducing a program aimed at developing critical life skills such as communication, team-work and fostering leadership qualities in our nation’s youth.
Return to Happiness Programme
Return to Happiness (RTH) is a psychosocial recovery program developed by UNICEF for children who have experienced trauma from disaster, conflict or violence.
Help for children on the move
Children on the move are vulnerable to a number of psychosocial trauma. ChildLine works closely with UN agencies to protect children on the move in Trinidad and Tobago. We do this by offering over-the-phone support, psychosocial counselling, and workshops with children at Child-Friendly Spaces (CFSs).