Helping you get through tough times

How do you get through tough times?

Everyone goes through tough times, there’s no denying it. But what constitutes a tough time can be different for everybody. So it stands to reason that how to get through a tough time doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all solution.

When you’re going through a hard time you can forget the things that normally make you feel better. We asked a group of young people what helps them get their tough times and we came up with this bucket list.


“When I have an issue I listen to the same song over and over. It clears my mind, keeps me sane and makes me tranquil.”

“When I’m feeling down, music lifts me up. Although I have family and friends to talk to, music is there immediately! It helps me when I’m sad, angry or even when I just feel like giving up! There’s always a song that relates to how I’m feeling at the time. But even though I listen to music to help me, I still talk about it to those that I trust, it’s definitely not healthy keeping it inside!”


“To get through the tough times, I like to go out and play camogie with my friends or even by myself. I find it a great way to relieve stress and it is something I’m passionate about and love to do. It helps my get through the tough times because it’s something more then just a sport to me now it’s part of my lively-hood. I’m in my comfort zone when I play camogie or even any sport. It makes me happy and that’s all that matters to me!! :)”

“I rarely go through hard times but when I do I get over them though physical activity and sport. By doing so I meet my friends and enjoy myself. This helps me get over all my problems no matter how major or minor they may be.”

“I use Gaelic football as my way of getting through the tough times I face. I LOVE Gaelic football and the pitch is my second home. I really feel at ease there. Hail, rain or snow it’s still my go to during the bad times. Its my life and such a big part of me.”


“The best way I have found to get through tough times is just take a step back we all need time to process it. Just step back clear you head find something you love to do and just get away try forgetting about the problem. When you go back to deal with it it will be so much easier. If all else fails get together with you friends for a cup of tea it ALWAYS helps.”

Play an instrument

“When I’m really stressed out I play guitar and maybe write a song. Music is a medium that I have always found to be easy to speak through. Some of the greatest songs in the world come out of feelings of sadness and loneliness. Take the negative emotions and use them to make something positive.”

“Whenever I am feeling down or upset about something I always turn to my music! Music is my life and it has always been here for me, through everything! I either turn on my favourite cd or my radio or I play piano! I love to play piano and sing and it really relaxes me and cheers me up!”

Sing and dance

“When I was younger I was really down all the time. But my love of music had helped me through it. I love to sing, dance and listen to all types of music. I try to listen to happy upbeat music when I am feeling low. I started dancing a few years ago and it has made me have confidence in myself even if I do mess up a lot! I used to be really shy and wouldn’t talk to anyone. Music has helped connect with people I never thought would like me let alone be my friends. If you haven’t thought of music as a hobby, I suggest that you try it sometime”

“When I’m down and I have a problem I usually listen or write music. Music means everything to me. I have based my life around music, it’s a way of expressing my self.”

Take a break

“When I am going through a tough time I usually try to find a way to go somewhere that I can have a good time, enjoy myself and take a break from my stressful situations.”

Friends and family

“Friends and family: they’re the people you spend a lot of time with. When you’re at your best, they’re there with you to join you in happiness. And when you’re feeling bad, they can be the ones to pull you back up into the light. Remember that there are people you can trust, and you should not fear opening up to them. Say how you’re feeling, explain your problems. More often than not, I find, they can remind you of something you forgot in your worries, give you a little encouragement, and help you get to where you want to be, physically or emotionally.”


“A problem shared is a problem halved…talking for me has always helped in tough times.”

“I find talking to my best friend really helps me get through a tough time! Whether it’s eating ice cream on the couch or walking the dog it’s the best form of relaxation for me.”

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