By: T.S.A./Guest Writer
Question: How do I cope with my anxiety?
Answer: Anxiety is something that many high schoolers deal with on a daily basis. Between academics, peer pressure, relationships, mental illnesses and your life outside of school, life can become really overwhelming. Even though anxiety is a well known problem for teenagers, it can be hard to find information about it as well as finding someone you trust to tell your problems to.
Anxiety is the body’s natural response to stress, which also means that it is different for everyone. Knowing what stresses you out can also help you to cope with your anxiety. For example, if you become stressed when meeting new people, take things at your own pace and find ways to become less stressed in this situation. Doing this can also be used for other stress causing factors. However, you should try to look for the signs to understand what causes your anxiety.
According to aaccap.org, signs of anxiety are…
- Muscle Tension
Here are a few ways that you can overcome your anxiety…
- Try to have positive thoughts
- Participate in things that make you happy
- Learn to rhythmically breathe
- Take a break from what is causing your stress
- Take things one thing at a time
- You can only give your best
- You can only handle so much at once
- It might not be as bad as it seems
- Things will get better
- This is not your forever situation
Anxiety is hard to deal with and it affects lots of people. We hope we gave you a couple of tips to make it easier to deal with! Thanks so much for contacting us! We hoped we helped! Contact us again soon!
And remember, if you ever feel like something is wrong, talk to someone you trust. Blue Ridge’s guidance counselors and other resources are available to you, and they may be able to help you on a more personal level!