Difficulty

Anxieties

As many as one in six young people will experience anxiety at some point in their lives.

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear which everyone experiences at some point in their life. People may feel worried and anxious about things such as sitting an exam or having a medical test, and during times like this, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal. Some people find it hard to control their worries and their feelings of anxiety are more constant, and can affect their daily lives.

NHS

Recognise the signs & symptoms

Possible signs of anxiety

  1. Feeling frightened, nervous or panicky all the time.
  2. Constantly worrying, or experiencing negative thoughts.
  3. Difficulty sleeping, or waking in the night with bad dreams.
  4. Having a change in appetite.
  5. Lack of concentration.
  6. Quickly getting angry or feeling irritable, outbursts that are out of control for the smallest thing.
  7. Feeling emotional and often crying.
  8. Being clingy to people who you feel safe around.
  9. Stomach ache and generally feeling unwell.
  10. Feeling your heart beating really fast.
Help manage anxieties

MindSpace top tips

  1. Understand your triggers and situations that cause you anxiety.
  2. Keeping a diary can help you recognise these.
  3. Use breathing exercises – Pause, take a few deep breaths, place your hand on your stomach to feel your breath rise and fall. Find 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can smell and 1 thing you can taste.
  4. Talk to someone you trust e.g. a parent, friend, teacher about your worries as they can help you solve some of your worries.
  5. Practice mindfulness and self-care to help you feel calmer and happier.
  6. Write down your worries in a journal or diary to express your feelings in a safe and controlled way.

Useful resources & apps

Understanding and getting support for anxiety

Teens Health
NHS
Young Minds
Teen Mental Health
Samaritans
Mental Health Foundation

Useful links & self-help

AnxietyBC
MoodCafe
Anxiety UK
Support for parents

Useful apps

Downloadable resources

Chilypep Youth Mental Health First Aid Kit