WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is a word for feeling worried, scared or uneasy. It can have physical symptoms like shaking, sweating or finding it hard to eat and sleep. Everyone feels anxious from time to time. This can be because of stressful life events like exams, work or problems with friends or at home. This kind of anxiety is normal, and there are simple ways you can manage it.
TALK TO SOMEONE
Talk to someone you trust about what is making you anxious. This could be a friend, a family member, a teacher or a doctor. Having someone listen and show that they care can help. They can help you make a plan for your worries. This could be help with schoolwork or booking a doctor’s appointment.
Try to get enough sleep because sleep is very important for mental well being and relaxation. Eating regularly will keep your blood sugar constant to avoid mood swings. Physical activity can also be really helpful for mental wellbeing. It works off energy and can clear the mind of stress. Yoga is a particularly calming form of exercise.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, while trying to keep your shoulders down and a hand on your stomach. Feel it rise and fall as you breathe. Count to four as you breathe in and four as you breathe out. By focusing on your breath and taking a moment to slow down, you can feel more relaxed, no matter where you are.
KEEP A DIARY
Write down things that happen before you become anxious. You may be able to recognise patterns and then avoid these events in the future. Write a list of things that you are happy about. This will remind you what is going well and will help you be proud of yourself.
If your anxiety becomes hard to manage then try and get help by talking to a doctor, a teacher or a parent member. Anxiety can be a serious disorder which needs outside help. There are lots of treatments available and you do not have to cope alone.