Every organism taking birth on this heavenly body goes through some kind of feelings. Had it not been the feelings, no one could have even sensed the vulnerability of life, the beauty in surviving the facets of existence, understanding what actually living was. Mankind has battled and victored a huge set of mechanical catastrophes on their way over the ages. Where we lost was a quarrel in our minds and hearts with ourselves, and alas! No way out found yet. Today we call this persistent war anxiety. Anxiety is all the surplus emotions you go through in a day to day life. This avalanche of emotions can often lead one to the most critical states most of the time. An anxious person tends to react normally in situations he/she finds challenging. Anxiety is very ordinary in teenagers. The daily pressures they confront are inexplicable. A sound sleep is also a matter of acute botheration. However, nothing in this universe can defeat the human race without their allowance.
“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”
Keeping this in mind, let’s learn how to help the peers.
Beginning of teenage:
A parent is a child’s best buddy when they are born. As the child grows, he/she is introduced to the outside world, gains different experiences, and boom in no time they are teenagers. Teenage is the period when a child wants to be left alone. He wants to live life on his own terms and conditions. Restrictions and ties are not appreciated at this age. They undergo various hormonal changes as well, which is equally responsible for this change in behavior in children. As a child is exposed to several kinds of people in his teenage, he/she has no understanding of right and wrong. Teenage is the most aimless age group among all the age groups. A child inculcates various habits and develops different interests as per their capabilities during teenage. Interacting a huge lot of masses can affect a growing mind differently. In school, a child faces different pressures. Some of them handle it easily, while others are not effective bearers of load. An atmosphere of competition is also very high where not everyone can cope with the competitive circumstances. Consequently, those children being pressured at home as well for better performances end up engulfed in depression and anxiety.
I know for the fact that stress can ultimately distress, vandalize confidence, question one’s existence, and anything dire. Anxiety is not rocket science that only needs professional supervision, but little inclination and affection towards the victim can display gradual improvement.
As they say, charity begins at home. It shouldn’t be just left as a saying. One should ponder over it. Parents at home should be the prime observers of their child’s mental health and security. They should become their best buddies at the complicated age of thirteen to nineteen. Sharing and caring should be practiced and preached rigorously. Some points that can help both parents and child are as follows:
- Parents should talk about the complexities that they faced in their teenage. This will help the child relate and find a way to pull themselves out of the situation.
- Avoid labeling your child as ‘shy’ or ‘anxious’ in front of other people. This may make the child feel insecure, and he’ll doubt himself/herself.
- Be a keen listener and don’t judge too early. This may question him/her too, and he/she will give a second thought before speaking thongs out to parents.
- Encourage them to do some extracurricular activities and be a part of them. It can be anything like sports, music, dance, etc. This will be an escalator in boosting a child’s confidence.
- Tell him/her that it’s very normal to be anxious and stressed over things. Mistakes are a necessary part of the welfare of a child’s learning.
- Plan vacations and don’t cage a child as this age is very sensitive towards limitations and stipulations. Try to talk it out.
- Making him/her attend mental health help webinars and counseling can also help optimistically as some children tend to open up in front of strangers rather than in front of family and friends.
- Yoga and meditation relax the mind and radiates serenity. It can help in regulating thoughts and developing a calm and optimistic mindset.
A teenagers heart:
I live in “My own self-absorbed world, if you understand me, you are my best friend else a forever outsider.” I want to belong, but to a group I choose. Stressing me out will get your work done but on the contrary, leave me empty. Enforcing me towards your interests will encounter my talent.
I am a teenager,
I need to be| handled with care.
I am a challenge, but I am worth it.