Anxiety Workbook For Teens : Activities To Help You Deal With Anxiety And Worry by Lisa M Schab
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From managing the overwhelming stress of social media to navigating through pandemics and other uncontrollable events, the newly revised and updated edition of The Anxiety Workbook for Teens equips you with the necessary tools to conquer anxiety.
In our ever-uncertain world, there are countless reasons why anxiety can consume anyone. As a teenager, you not only face the pressures of academics and societal expectations but also endure significant changes that impact your body, thoughts, and emotions. But fear not, as there are numerous effective techniques available to alleviate anxiety, whether you choose to use them individually or with the guidance of a therapist or counselor. These techniques can help prevent anxiety from overpowering your life.
Now in its second edition, fully revised and updated, The Anxiety Workbook for Teens provides the latest strategies to quell fear, anxiety, and worry so that you can achieve your goals and be the best version of yourself. Inside, you will discover fresh skills to manage school pressures, combat the overwhelming influence of social media, foster a positive self-image, identify anxious thoughts, and maintain serenity during times of extreme uncertainty. The workbook also offers resources for seeking additional assistance and support should you require it.
As you work through the activities within this book, you will encounter a plethora of techniques that aid in anxiety management. Initially, some of these exercises may seem unfamiliar or unusual to you. You may be asked to engage in activities that are completely new to your experience. However, remember that these are tools intentionally designed for you to carry and utilize throughout your life. The more you practice employing them, the more proficient you will become at managing anxiety.
If you are ready to enhance your life and take control of your anxiety, this workbook empowers you to begin that journey today.
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Tips and Tricks for Dealing with School Anxiety
Hi friends, I’m Miss Kirsten, and I am a librarian at Baltimore County Public Library. Usually, I work on the bookmobile, but today I want to talk to you about what to do if you’re feeling nervous about school starting. We know that school is very different this year, and there are lots of questions and uncertainties that can make people feel anxious. It’s hard to relax when you don’t know what’s going to happen. So, I’d like to give you some tips and tricks to help you deal with this normal and expected anxious feeling. The biggest thing I want you to remember is to talk about your feelings with someone you trust – a grown-up or a friend. Just tell somebody how you’re feeling. It’s important because people can’t help you if they don’t know what’s wrong.
Taming Your Monkey Mind
Let’s start by talking about our “monkey mind.” In our minds, some people imagine that there’s a monkey swinging from thought to thought, always talking and jumping around. It’s fine to have a monkey mind, but sometimes it’s good to invite this monkey to have a seat and just be calm for a while. Now I’m going to show you some ways to do that.
One of the first things you can do is practice self-care. This means taking an active role in protecting your own well-being and happiness, especially during times of stress, like now. You can do yoga, meditation, practice mindfulness, and even look at pictures of cute kittens and puppies to calm down. You can also find a stress ball or a fidget toy to help you when you need to sit still for a long time. If you don’t have any, you can easily make some at home. Other self-care ideas include using worry dolls, prayer beads, taking stretch breaks, doing enjoyable activities, and using social media in healthy ways. Remember to be gentle with yourself and not let your thoughts snowball into overwhelming anxieties. Instead, focus on what you can do instead of what you can’t do.
Sticking to a Routine
Another important thing is to stick to a routine. Knowing what to expect every day is crucial for your well-being. Make sure to get some exercise, go to bed at a reasonable time, eat healthy food, spend time outside, and give yourself a few minutes every morning to adjust to the day. Keeping a journal can also help track your feelings and provide a creative outlet.
When it comes to social issues, practice being on camera if that makes you feel uncomfortable. You can do it with someone in your house, friends, or even by yourself. Maintaining friendships and making new friends can be done through safe activities and virtual meetups. If you’re feeling unsafe, try gradual exposure to the school environment and talk to adults about your concerns. Knowing your school’s safety policies and practicing good hygiene are essential for your well-being.
It’s important to maintain interests and engage in activities you enjoy. Start with something brief and away from your schoolwork area. Find a calm or cozy place and do something you love, whether it’s reading, being with friends (in a safe way), creating things, gaming, or listening to music. There are also books and resources available that can help with anxiety.
It’s completely normal to feel anxious about starting school in these uncertain times. But there are various tools and strategies you can use to quiet your anxious mind. Remember to take care of yourself, establish a routine, address social issues, prioritize safety, maintain your interests, and seek helpful resources. Talking about your feelings with someone you trust can make a big difference. I hope these tips help you feel a bit better about starting school. Thanks for reading!