The teenage years aren’t easy to navigate, so much changes, it can feel like there’s pressure coming from every direction, and you’re still trying to figure out who you are, what you want, and what you’ll need to do next. We get it, it’s not easy, and to add to it, mental health problems like anxiety can start to creep in and eat away at your wellbeing. So what can you do? We’re offering a few suggestions to help those of you suffering with some anxiety to help get your wellbeing back on track in your teens and later in adult life.
Start with the Basics
You’ll have heard it all before we’re sure; eat well, sleep enough, make time for exercise. While it may seem like something you already know, it’s worth putting it into practice to see the results. Sleeping enough helps you manage your moods better, eating well can give you long-term energy rather than bursts and crashes from things like caffeine and sugar, and exercise releases happy endorphins to make you feel good as well as sending oxygen to all your cells to make sure your brain and body put in their best performance. You may not enjoy exercise or only like fast food, but when you look after your body and start to feel better within and see results on the outside, it gives you a sense of empowerment.
Channel Your Inner Pop Icon
Every fancied being Beyonce or Dave Grohl? Singing offers a release of endorphins which can increase elation and bring happy feelings to you. Additionally, oxytocin is also released which can help to alleviate both stress and anxiety – so play the air guitar, grab your hair brush microphone, and rock out for half an hour and see how you feel.
Spending time with friends and family can be a great way to alleviate anxiety – whether you’re going out for a group activity or you’re just sitting on the sofa watching a film, there are benefits to being around other people and deepening bonds. Try talking to them too – if something’s bothering you, say so and speak to someone supportive who will make time to listen. They don’t even have to help you solve anything, just speaking to someone who cares can help you take a weight off your mind. It can also put into perspective other people’s problems if they share experiences with you, and help you feel less alone knowing that lots of people have issues. It’s also been found spending time with funny people can dramatically help your anxiety levels as laughing increases blood flow which helps to ease stress on your circulatory system. This helps to transport more oxygen to organs and cleanse them. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to your family, seek out a school counsellor, visit your GP, or even call a 24/7 number like the Samaritans (116 123) – it won’t show up on phone records either.
Start a New Way to Relax
When we say relax, we don’t just mean sitting in front of the TV. Instead we mean finding healthy ways to relieve tension in the long-term, rather than resorting to temporary measures in the short-term, like alcohol or tobacco. Make yourself a daily schedule to fit in a small amount of deep breathing, yoga, or tai chi. You don’t even need to go to a class, there are plenty of YouTube videos out there to help you, as well as books and even apps on your phone. These practices can help the mind immensely. Deep breathing alone can relax a major nerve that goes between the diaphragm and the brain, which in turn can tell the rest of your body to relax.
If you’re suffering from mental health issues and want to discuss the therapy we offer at Sea Sanctuary, get in touch with us on 01326 378919.