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What to do when you're feeling down - Scott Prince guest blog

Wednesday 18 October 2017

Football player Scott Prince sits talking to a group of school kids.
Even successful footy plays have down days sometimes, the key is figuring out why you're not feeling good and what might help you feel better.

Feeling a little flat, unmotivated, sad or unhappy? You are not alone!

Some people think that as a successful footy player, I must feel on top of the world every day. But everyone has their down days, when you just can’t be bothered and want to curl up and stay in bed, me included.

What helps me

For me, being active and exercising is the key to feeling good, and it’s especially important on the days I’m feeling flat or unmotivated.

I’ve always said that the hardest thing about training is picking up your boots or training kit and walking out the door, the rest is actually pretty easy and most times enjoyable.

Get out in the fresh air and go for a good walk, plug the headphones in and play your favourite feel good music, it’s amazing how good you will feel after getting the blood flowing and exercising for a few minutes.

Sometimes a good rest might be the solution and you’ll wake up feeling a lot fresher and ready to face the challenges of the day. If you’ve been really busy or have had some big life changes, you might be feeling the effects of stress or ‘burn out’, and taking it easy for a few days might have you feeling good as new.

Take your mind off things by picking up a book that you really enjoy and immerse yourself in a great story.

You could even grab a drink and sit down in the fresh air and write down your thoughts and feelings to get them out of your head, or maybe outline some exciting future projects or goals. From there you can break down your situation or goals into small manageable steps and try to visualise yourself achieving your goals.

Talking about it

One of the most important things is to talk to someone about how you’re feeling. Chances are the situation is not as bad as it might seem and another perspective or opinion may just shed some much brighter light on the situation.

Asking for help isn’t always easy, but it’s extremely important if you feel you may be stuck in a rut, are feeling hopeless, angry or depressed.

As scary as it might seem, there is always someone you can talk to about your feelings or worries. That someone might be a close friend or family member, or there are many fantastic organisations, like beyondblue and Lifeline, that have staff who can work with you to help you through your problems. You can also always talk to your GP about how you’re feeling, too. They might be able to help, or point you in the direction of someone who can.

Last updated: 18 October 2017