We all feel anxious from time to time, that is just part of life. The same goes for teens and teen anxiety, we deal with it, we learn to deal with it. If you don’t know how to deal with it here are 5 steps to help teens fight anxiety. Of course, we are talking about regular anxiety, not an anxiety disorder, which is something that needs to be treated. A professional treatment is the only way to fight teen anxiety disorder, but even in that case, the advices given below will help to some extent.
The first thing that will help teens and anyone else fight anxiety is relaxation. We need to learn to relax. When we talk about relaxation we are not talking about watching TV for a couple of hours or playing a video game. This can make your anxiety even worse. You should also avoid any stress enhancing substances like tobacco, alcohol or drugs. You need to relax your mind and body, to do that you can start with deep breathing. After deep breathing you can do some stretching exercises or yoga, that will greatly loosen up your body and your mind and it will help relieve stress and anxiety.
The second step of fighting anxiety is healthy living. You can’t feel good and relaxed and expect not to feel anxiety if you don’t lead a healthy life. You need proper sleep, proper eating and proper workout to maximize the chances of not being anxious.
A great way to fight anxiety is to be around friends and people that you love. Sharing some time together may help you take your mind of anxiety and relax much easier than any type of relaxation method or workout can. You can also talk to your friends about the things that are bothering you, we always feel better after sharing something. Who knows, maybe your friends have the same issues and you can help each other. Knowing that you are not alone with these feelings is a great help on its own.
For the next step you can always try the nature routine. Nature has the healing power of its own and it may help relieve anxiety, depression and may other emotional issues we have. Just taking a stroll or a jog in the park may do the trick. Also if you have a dog you can take him out for a walk. Animals are also a great way to relieve stress and anxiety.
The last part of fighting teen anxiety is to try and have a positive mindset. A positive mindset helps us deal with issues at hand and helps us chase away anxiety. People who are pessimists by nature are at greater risk of suffering from anxiety and depression than people with a positive mindset, keep that in mind and change the way you live and think and you can avoid having anxiety all together.