Holly Smale: Why the small things still matter

This article was first published on 8 May 2020.

You know that feeling when you’re upset because the festival you were going to this summer is cancelled and then you feel guilty for feeling sad about that when there are much bigger things going on in the world at the moment? We’ve all been there. But it’s important to remember that your emotions are valid and that it’s okay to feel sad about the big things and the little things in life.

We caught up with Holly Smale, author of the Geek Girl and The Valentines series, to find out what’s important to her at this time and how she deals with the little things in life.

To recap:

With the scale of the news so huge at the moment, we may feel guilty about still caring about the little things in life.

But it’s ok to still feel emotional about things that seem small right now. They’re still real and they’re still relevant. "In the same way that little things still matter, little things are also what can make you feel better," says Holly, "you don’t have to do something massive in order to give yourself a bit of comfort or a bit of self- love."

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher, or another trusted adult. If you're struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you’re in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Childline, where you can speak to a counsellor. Their lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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