What is Teenage Anxiety and Stress?
It is a well-known fact that young people experience stress and anxiety due to a multitude of reasons during their teenage years. It is also typical that these two are actually symptoms of a much larger and often underlying undiagnosed issue. Advances in the fields of psychology psychiatry have defined a wide variety of diagnoses that have been identified and then manifest in teenagers as anxiety and stress. These can include Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), undetected seizures, sleep problems or even learning disabilities.
Identifying Teenage Anxiety and Stress
It is also critical to note that if teenage anxiety and stress are not property identified and treated, it is entirely possible that said teenager might take matters into their own hands in order to alleviate these feelings. This can lead to making poor lifestyle decisions such as the use of drugs or engaging in other illicit or even illegal behavior.
Underlying Causes of Teenage Anxiety and Stress
The main issue here is that young people do not necessarily have the tools necessary in order to cope and deal with teenage anxiety and stress properly. Now, in the 21st century more than ever, people in this age group are bombarded with information that can bring about teenage anxiety and stress. Not the least of which can include social media and how it has permeated our private and public lives. Other stressors can include:
- Problems in the home or family issues
- Parental divorce
- Chronic illness or injury
- Emotional problems
- Undiagnosed depression
- Drug and alcohol use
- Traumatic events
- Moving to a new home
- Heavy school workload or responsibility
- Poor time organization and planning
- Facing discrimination
- Death of a loved one
Signs of Teenage Anxiety and Stress
The interesting thing about teenage anxiety and stress is that since many of these young people have not necessarily experienced these particular feelings before, it may actually be difficult to identify them. To put it in much simpler terms, teenage anxiety and stress are essentially forms of fear.
Let us explore this concept for a minute. When a human experiences fear, typically it is over a situation or an event that has already happened and that cannot be undone, or an event that has not happened yet or may not even happen at all. In essence, those of us who are living with anxiety and stress are simply not living in the moment! These feelings of anxiety, stress and fear can manifest physically, with symptoms including:
- Clammy hands
- Shortness of breath
- Sense of impending doom
- Aches, pains and tense muscles
- Low energy
- Dry mouth
- Clenched jaw
- Nervousness or shaking
Ways to Cope with Teenage Anxiety and Stress
This is not to say that every instance of teenage anxiety and stress is directly because of fear. There are plenty of physical and mental disorders that bring about teenage anxiety and stress that are not just manifested from our environment or our decision making. Either way, there are a multitude of exercises and actions that they can take to help alleviate that sense foreboding and disquietude that are not only easy to do, but can help mitigate these feelings immediately!
- Controlled breathing exercises
- Engage in physical activity
- Get more sleep
- Talk to others and those you trust
- Keep a journal
- Create a time-schedule
- Avoid people-pleasing
- Listen more, act less
- Strive for improvement, not perfection
- Take up a hobby
Teenage Anxiety and Stress Can Be Managed
Above all, it is important to remember that teenage anxiety and stress can be dealt with in a positive way without resulting to escapism such as drugs, alcohol or illicit behavior. It is easy to fall into a hole or loop of depression, not being able to see the way out of how you feel in that particular moment. That is why it is important to remember that there are others out there just like you. Others who have gone through the same experiences as you who have felt the same way you do, right now.
That’s why your most invaluable resources are your friends and family. Confiding in those you trust and being honest with another person can oftentimes be the best way to alleviate teenage anxiety and stress. Human connection and shared experiences can be a great way of healing not just anxiety and stress, but nearly any mental state that can bring a teenage to a state of helplessness.
Share Your Experiences with Teenage Anxiety and Stress
Have you experienced anxiety, stress or related mental issues during your teenage years? Do you have any advice for those who may be reading this article? Please comment below and leave your story! We would love to hear from you and help build and engage the Core Coaching Group community in this very way: by sharing our stories.