Youth and the Pandemic

May 4, 2020 | Learning, Parent Resources

You Feel Like Shit

You feel like shit.

That sucks.

This game is designed to help you help yourself through your shitty times.

It was designed and developed by Amanda Miklik. The content is adapted from the incredibly helpful and popular twine You feel like shit: an Interactive Self Care Guide developed by Jace Harr, with permission. If you’ve seen his work and like it, thank him with a donation.

Disclaimer: I’m not a mental health practitioner or a healthcare professional. This site is not intended to provide medical advice or replace your regular healthcare routine, so keep seeing your medical provider(s) and taking any meds you need, please!

If you use this site and can afford to help support it, please consider doing so! May your shitty times be few.

With you in shitty solidarity,


Additional Resources & Help Lines

You’re not alone. There is someone that’s willing to listen to you without judgment. Teen Link is a program of Crisis Connections that serves youth in Washington State. Talk it out! Call or text TeenLink at 206-461-4922 or 866-833-6546 (TEENLINK) Evenings: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Our teen volunteers are trained to listen to your concerns and talk with you about whatever’s on your mind – bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues you’re facing. No issue is too big or too small! Calls and chats are confidential.

Tips for Self Care

Staying mentally healthy is just like staying physically healthy – there are a lot of things we can do. Some things to try are:

  • Pay attention to your diet – lots of sugar and processed foods or not drinking enough water can lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and inability to focus

  • Get sleep. Being tired can ruin our best attempts for self-care.

  • Take time away from technology. Talking in person through something tough or sharing an experience with a friend helps us connect and be present

  • Notice your thoughts. Are you being mean to yourself? Obsessing over something instead of taking action? Try treating yourself as well as you would a good friend.

  • Exercise – physical activity increases blood flow to your brain for better concentration and sleep, creates endorphins (happy chemicals), and helps process feelings like stress and anxiety.

  • Trust your instincts if your thoughts or feelings are getting overwhelming. Talk with a friend or someone you trust, and if you need to, you can connect with us, a doctor, or therapist for additional support.