Don’t bottle it up!

My mum and dad went their separate ways and for me it was heartbreak. It was like a death in the family. I hated being around anyone.

Personally, I attempted to ignore it. I had an attitude that just said that I don't care. Deep down it was pulling me down whatever I did, and some days I would randomly break into tears, a grown up, mature 15-year-old breaking down, and other days I'd get angry and pretend not to know why - but really I knew that it was because of the break up.

Now, I'm not one to let things get to me, but what I'm trying to say is, I kept it bottled up constantly, all that anger, confusion, and fear of what was right around the corner. It only led to me making it worse for myself, having huge outbursts of anger or tears, and it wasn't healthy.

I'd be lying if I told you that I'm over it by now, I'm not. I'll be surprised if I ever do. I know a guy who has gone through the same situation as us, and after almost 10 years is only just forgiving it.

What I'm telling you is, don't keep it bottled up to yourself, don't let it build up into occasional outbursts, it's not good. Tell your sibling, your partner, your friend, your teacher? I'm not saying everyone must know; they don't need to, but seek advice in another person, it helps!

Recently I have been struggling with behaviour at school. I'm in year 11, so this is a stressful time for me with GCSEs and college applications, and as I'm predicted As and A*s in all subjects. There is a lot of pressure on my shoulders right now, this situation obviously hasn't helped, but I just tried to deal with it - BAD IDEA. My behaviour was getting more mischievous and I started being constantly late, and just didn't care.

But recently my teacher called me into her office and asked if there was a problem at home. I opened up to her and ever since, the school has been more considerate towards me, helped me along, and really got me back on track!

So again, don't bottle it up, don't keep it to yourself - TELL SOMEONE! Seek advice, even that teacher that you hate the most can help! After all - a problem shared, is a problem halved.