It is not a surprise that stress and anxiety is an epidemic in this generation as kids are dangling between two worlds; digital and non-digital. Not only are they dealing with the stress of their home life, but according to studies by the Greater Good Science Center, more than half of kids are also stressed about the current political climate. Along with these factors, kids are dealing with the usual stress that comes from high school, academically and socially.
Here are four coping techniques for coping with anxiety and stress.
Mindfulness is one of our six sustainable happiness skills that we breach to more than half of the American teens struggling with stress and anxiety. We have partnered with Inner Explorer to show how guided mindful meditation could help youth manage difficult emotions such as stress and anxiety. The breathing exercise in the program also allows you to nonjudgmentally analyze your feelings and thoughts. Whether it is meditation or just being mindful of your emotions by recognizing them, research links mindfulness with lower anxiety level. According to Jon-Kabat Zinn’s pioneering MBSR program, there is significant research that shows how mindfulness can help with coping with anxiety. Given these discoveries, if you are a high schooler struggling with stress or anxiety, give mindfulness meditation a chance. Mindful Meditation will help you relax and be more in tune with your emotions, thus, giving you more control.
Human connection is another pillar of one of our six core teachings of happiness, and it no surprise that it helps with coping with stress and anxiety. The best ways to bounce back from anxiety is through getting the support of your loved ones. Parents are encouraged to help foster the social connections that their teens have, as their happiness depends on relationships they form with teachers and peers. Having these social affiliations gives the kids a fighting chance to overcome stress and anxiety.
Research shows that students who participate in a proper physical activity three times per week are reported to have a better mental health and are less stressed, being why schools make it mandatory for students to participate in afternoon sports. Exercise is helpful in managing stress and anxiety, especially when done with other people. There is new research which supports that “the psychological benefits of exercise, also suggests that these benefits can be explained, at least in part, by social factors.”
For more tips of details ways of how to better understand and help people with anxiety, read this article on how you can effectively help and support your loved ones with anxiety issues.