Managing Stress & Anxiety
Most teenagers experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress is any demand placed on your brain or physical body. Teenagers can report feeling stressed when multiple competing demands are placed on them. The feeling of being stressed can be triggered by an event that makes them feel frustrated or nervous. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease. It can be a reaction to stress, or it can occur in teenagers who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life. Stress and anxiety are not always bad. In the short term, they can help you overcome a challenge or dangerous situation. If we did not experience some anxiety we might not be motivated to do things that we need to do eg, studying for that big test.
There are some strategies that can help support teenagers so they can use stress to make them more manageable. They can pay attention to how their body and mind respond to stressful and anxiety-producing situations. Next time a stressful experience occurs, they will hopefully be able to anticipate the reaction and it may be less disruptive.