Ways To Cope With Anxiety

Statistics show that 38% of female teens and 26% of male teens have an anxiety disorder

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Kaylee Williams

Make sure you know your triggers so you could try to avoid all of your triggers to remain calm and in a good state of mind. If you can't avoid your triggers, find a way to take your mind off of anything.

Kaylee Williams, Reporter

Approximately 70% of teens say their anxiety is a major problem for them, 26 percent say it is a minor problem. If you’re a part of the percentage of teens with anxiety and you don’t know how to cope with the anxious feeling that you get throughout the day, hopefully, these tips and tricks will help you out some. 

The major thing you can do if you keep getting that uneasy/anxious feeling is to talk to someone. Whether that someone be a friend, counselor, parents or anyone else; talking is the first step to coping.

Another important resource is your pediatrician. They will give you anxiety medication, it is also an antidepressant. You might be thinking, “Well, I’m not depressed.” Many a time, if you have anxiety, depression will soon follow after.

Not all of the time; but it is very common that if you have anxiety you also experience/have depression. Antidepressants are used to have a calming effect and to help clear thinking/moods. So don’t be alarmed when the doctors tell you it is an antidepressant- it is helping balance the chemicals in your body.

One thing that will help a lot is if you come to the fact that you aren’t perfect and you can’t control everything. You will have off days but after your off days, you have to think that tomorrow has so many possibilities that you never would’ve thought about. You are in the present, so don’t stress out about the future, on what it has to hold for you, or the past. What you did is in the past, and what you’re going to do is in the future. Stay focused on what is happening right now. If you’re getting anxious about what is going on right now, ask to go into the hall or bathroom and take a little walk around. Think about something that makes you happy, or grateful.

Another big one that helps so much is learning what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, school, going home, family issues? Make sure you know your triggers so you could try to avoid all of your triggers to remain calm and in a good state of mind. If you can’t avoid your triggers, find a way to take your mind off of anything. Write in a journal, draw a picture, do something that distracts you from thinking about what is going on. 

If you are going through something, just know you are not alone. There are tons of other people out there that can help you. Please get help if you need it.