Dealing with Stress and Anxiety – Written Course

In this course, we are going to look at ways to deal with any stress and anxiety that may arise in your life.

Having some level of stress and anxiety in your life is normal. However, if the pressure to remain calm is becoming harder for you to cope with, you need to take immediate action.

Once you get a handle on the source of your worry, it is much easier to conquer the day.

Let’s find out how to do so.


Finding the Root Issue

Having stress, fear and worry in your life is a signal that your body is trying to tell you something is amiss.

A threat is sensed, and it is up to you to figure out what it is. The stress doesn’t have to be from one thing in particular. We are all so busy leading hectic lives, there is no doubt that it can come at you from all angles.

Figure out what is causing your main source of worry. Sit down and really think where it is coming from. If this is hard to do, start out by pinpointing when the last time you felt truly happy and carefree was. From there, it is going to be easier to determine what caused the change in your demeanour.

There can be different sources of your anxiety, and now we are going to look at some of the most commonplace ones seen by teenagers today.


Exam Pressure

At this point in your life, you are probably approaching exam time. It can be a daunting task if you are coming into it unprepared. There are some things you can do to make sure you overcome the pressure.

First, take care of yourself. If you are not physically, emotionally or mentally healthy, it is easy to succumb to the stress of taking exams. Include regular exercise in your day, even if it is just for 30 minutes. Also, eat healthily and take breaks from studying at regular intervals.

A healthy diet ensures that your mind is in top shape to soak in the information needed to pass your tests. Taking time away from studying helps with information overload. Make sure you also get plenty of sleep, especially the night before your exams.

Next, give yourself ample time to learn the information. Don’t cram your studying into one night or even one week before your exams. Set a realistic timeline to study and stick to it.

You could even set up weekly goals to get you from start to finish. For example, you can pledge to study one subject per week and quiz yourself at the end to ensure you know all that you need to.

Be confident in your approach to studying. If you are feeling overwhelming pressure, reach out to your family, tutor or school counsellor for support. They can help to instil studying strategies that can ease the anxiety you may be facing.


Social Stress

At this age, there is a high value placed on friendships. The majority of your time is spent at school where you hang out with your peers. You need to find the right group of friends to help you navigate through school, help you to have fun, and provide a safe space to air your personal problems.

Often, teenagers run into social issues that can add stress to daily life. This can include bullying and teasing. If you feel that you are a victim of bullying, say something to your friends or teachers. In schools, the majority, if not all of them, have an anti-bullying policy that is meant to keep you safe.

Include your parents or guardians in the conversation if you are comfortable doing so. With many people working together, it is easy to address the harassment head-on.


World Issues

When we watch the news or go online, we often see and hear stories of doom and gloom. We often take on the world’s problems as our own, especially if there is a strong connection to a story or issue. This can trigger your stress and anxiety and send you into a tailspin.

If this sounds like you, you may need to avoid the news and focus on things that make you happy. Soaking in all the bad in the world is bound to leave you run down. If you feel strongly connected to an issue the world is facing today, think about how you can be of service to help fix it in your community. You can volunteer to help feed the homeless or start a litter clean-up group in your area. When you help others, you often find that it lifts your spirits. It could be the medicine that you need.

Handling stress and anxiety is not so black and white. It is inevitable that it does cross our paths at times, but there are coping mechanisms to help you get back on track.

Use the invaluable resources around you to make your outlook on life better. The best time in your life is right in front of you!

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