Anxiety is a normal reaction to factors that your brains see as potential threats or challenges. It is the body’s response to stress or can be described as the fear or apprehension about the things that are yet to come.
Anxiety is quite common in teenagers and there are several reasons why it is so common among teenagers. Teenagers experience things they never experienced before and are bound to face new challenges.
In most teenagers, anxiety is part of their normal emotions and does not last long but in some, the condition may become intense and they will find it difficult to even do everyday things.
How To Help Teenagers Manage Anxiety?
Support and help from parents can help a teenager in managing anxiety. The first thing you should as a parent is to let your child know that it is completely normal to feel anxious at times and tell them your own experience of anxiety if any when you were their age.
Dismissing your child’s fear or belittling it is the last thing you should do as a parent. Acknowledge your child’s feelings enough so that they feel they are being taken seriously and you are there for them. Slowly encourage your child to attempt the things they are anxious about. If they do not want to do that at all, do not force them.
Help your child set small goals they are less anxious about and help them achieve the goals. Also do not forget to appreciate them when they accomplish something.
Do not make a fuss if your child avoids any situation out of anxiety. Tell your child that you have belief in them and they will be able to manage their anxious feelings in the future. Also discuss about your child’s positive emotions with them, for example, their excitement about some event that is coming. This way, you can teach your child that life is not all about negative emotions. There will be positive and negative emotions that keep coming and going.
Be a good listener and listen to what your child has got to say. Listening to your children is important to identify what they are going through and help them.
Serious anxiety can even get in the way of your child’s ability to learn, socialize and enjoy life. Sometimes, your child might need professional help to deal with anxiety and in that case, take your child to counselors or psychologists.