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Feelings and emotionsFeeling and emotions are an important part of your life. The way you feel can affect everything you do and how to interact with other people. Sometimes it might seem like the way you feel is controlling what you do and taking over your life.

Talking about your emotions, can really help you find a way to deal with them. ChildLine is here for you to talk to, no matter how you are feeling.



Anger is a natural feeling - we need anger to protect ourselves. Feeling angry is healthy and normal. If you always feel angry and it starts to affect your life, then it might help to find out what’s making you feel this way.

Read more about Anger

Being assertive

Being assertive can help you to explain how you feel and what you need, without being rude or aggressive. These skills can help you stand up for yourself and still treat other people with respect. Read more about Being assertive


Embarrassment is the uncomfortable feeling you get when you’ve done something you’re ashamed of or that you think will make you look bad. You might feel anxious, blush or feel like you're getting unwanted attention and everyone is looking at you. We all feel embarrassed sometimes.  Read more about Embarrassment

Depression and feeling sad

Many young people feel down when life seems really hard or it feels like no one understands you. It’s normal to feel like this sometimes. If sad thoughts and feelings are stopping you from enjoying life, or you feel that life isn’t worth living, then it might help to talk to someone who can listen to you and understand what you're going through.

Read more about Depression and feeling sad


Jealousy is an emotion and a feeling. It’s a reaction to a belief that something you care about, or your relationship with someone is under threat. Jealousy is about wanting to keep something you have. Jealousy can get out of control and if this happens, it can take over your life and affect your friendships and relationships. Read more about Jealousy

Loneliness and isolation

Feeling lonely or isolated sometimes is normal. But if the feelings of loneliness and isolation begin to take over, or turn into depression, it can be difficult. We're here to help you find ways to cope. Read more about Loneliness and isolation

Building confidence and self-esteem

Always putting yourself down? Or feel like you have no confidence anymore? You are not alone - lots of young people feel exactly the same way. Boost your confidence and self-esteem with these top tips. Read more about Building confidence and self-esteem


You might feel guilty when you have done or said something you regret or wish hadn’t happened. Guilt is often part of feelings of embarrassment or anger. Others can make us feel guilty about something that isn’t our fault.

Read more about Guilt



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