There are lots of things you can do to help yourself feel better.
Most importantly, keep doing things you like to do. Try to keep up with your regular activities, and don’t isolate yourself. See your friends. Read books. Listen to music. Play with your dog or cat. Take long walks. It's not just OK to have some fun during hard times, it's very important!
Make sure that you take time for yourself everyday! It's easy to forget to do nice things for yourself when life gets stressful, even though times of stress are when you need it the most.
Here are some other suggestions:
Talk about it
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to talk. Talking about your feelings—not just once, but often—almost always makes you feel better. It releases tension and can help you put things into perspective so they don't feel so overwhelming.
Write about it
Try writing about your feelings in a journal or diary. You can write as often as you want and say whatever you want to say. Over time, you will be able to see the progress you are making as you adjust to the changes and face the challenges.
It's OK to cry
Crying can make you feel better because it lets the feelings out instead of keeping them bottled up inside. But don't worry: if you don't feel like crying, that's OK too.
Be active! Exercise is a great way to let off steam, and being fit physically can help you feel better emotionally.
Do something creative
Things will get better! It’s hard at first when your parents get divorced or separate, but you will get through it. Others survive, and you will too. You might even find that there are ways your life is better than before.
Many teens whose parents split up feel anxious about their own relationships in the future. But just because your parents split up doesn't mean the same thing will happen to you. What happens in your relationships will be up to you, not your parents!
Most parents split up only after trying very hard to save their relationship. Some teens hope and believe that if they try to be on their very best behaviour, their parents will get back together.
However, this plan isn't likely to work, since their parents' decision to split up had nothing to do with them. Their decision to separate or divorce is usually final.