Some teens feel stress much more deeply and become overwhelmed by stressful situations. Even thinking about the pressure can cause great distress.
Signs To Watch Out For
When worries become overwhelming, some teens can have a hard time completing daily tasks and maintaining their busy schedules. Sometimes, teenagers may not even be aware of how much the stress is affecting them.
The following are some possible signs that an adolescent may be experiencing anxiety:
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Physical symptoms (stomach aches, headaches, and other “illnesses”)
- Avoidance of school and other activities
- Changes in eating habits
- Withdrawal or isolation
Strategies That Help
Biofeedback, meditation and other types of relaxation techniques can also be effective in reducing anxiety. A few techniques that can help are:
Breathing exercises can also be very helpful to manage anxious feelings in the moment. Try “4 square breathing”: breathe in for 4 counts, hold it for 4 counts and breathe out for 4 counts. Doing this for 3- 5 minutes can help your body start to relax. It is also helpful to use imagery of a calm, relaxing place that can be recalled during stressful times.