Being anxious is common among people of all ages, with an increased rate in young people experiencing the emotion over the past few years. At Service Six, we find that a large percentage of our young clients, request to work on ways to help them feel less worried and anxious about things. Exam stress can contribute to a young person’s anxiety, as well as a whole array of other triggering circumstances. In this big noisy world, many things bring on feelings of vulnerability and induce worry, which young people, in particular, can find themselves caught up in.
Unchecked, anxiety can lead to panic attacks, low mood, depression, isolation, self- harming and suicidal thoughts.
Symptoms of Anxiety may include:
- Feeling nervous, edgy or panicky, like something bad is going to happen.
- Tired and grumpy a lot of the time and having problems sleeping
- Some people find themselves getting very hot and sweating more than usual
- Rapid heartbeat, chest pains or difficulty breathing
- Dry mouth, low appetite and finding it hard to concentrate, feeling like a “brain Fog”
- Upset stomach, dizziness, headaches or wobbly legs
- You can feel like you’re going a bit crazy and in a panic attack you can feel like you are going to die. (Don’t worry though, no one has ever died from a panic attack)
- It can vary. Some young people can experience a lot of these symptoms, while others may just have a headache.
At Service Six, we have worked with anxiety for many years and understand young people’s thoughts and feelings around this emotional rollercoaster. Through 1-2-1 counselling, support plus and nurture groups, we support young people to conquer their unwanted fears. With our support, young people discover different ways to look at situations and they different ways to look at situations and they learn life skills, tools, techniques, and coping mechanisms, to help reframe their negative thoughts.
To refer to our Counselling or Support Plus services please contact our Service Hub team on: 01933 277520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download some really helpful Apps including Calm and Headspace.
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