Help for anxious teenagers
A few simple anxiety calming techniques can make all the difference to a teenager’s life (and the parents and rest of the family).
Anxious teenagers face numerous challenges…school, family, relationships, physical changes, learning and finding their identities. Their emotions are like raw nerves and they can easily become unhappy or stressed.
It can really be a problem when behaviours like sleep problems, anxiety, anger, stress, phobias, eating issues and bed wetting occur. If a teen lacks these things, it can all significantly affect confidence or self-esteem which have a negative impact on their life and make for an unhappy time in their precious childhood. Many parents are at a loss as to how to help their teenager.
What help is available for children?
It can be hard to secure help for your anxious teen through traditional channels and waiting lists can be long. Some therapists, like myself, have received special training to use suitable techniques with teenagers. I teach your teen I work with how to be calm, how to manage their emotions and how to feel more confident.
Children have a lot to deal with as they grow up. According to Young Minds, a UK charity for the mental health of children and young people, more than half of adult mental health problems began in childhood. Just like we would ask a dentist, doctor or optician to attend to any physical issue, we can use therapies to help with matters of the mind. So children can be free of worries, able to cope with life and flourish.
Support for anxious teenagers
A lot of teenagers find hypnosis helps with study, exams and sporting activities. I’ve supported teenagers for many years through mentoring in the workplace and several voluntary roles. I believe this is an important time to offer support.
The biggest rise I have seen in my client base over the past year has been teenage girls. The rise in of social media; Instagram, Facebook, Tik Tok and others can impact self esteem at this delicate time. I help teenage girls become more comfortable in their own skin and increase their confidence so they are more resilient. The relationship a girl has with herself is the most important one she will have in her life.
Issues that teenagers are facing:
- Body image
- Feeling sad
- Hiding from the world
- Being bullied
- Pressure of school
- Academic performance
- Lack of confidence
- Relationships with others
Help available for anxious teenagers
Most children and teenagers that I see in my Hypnotherapy practice in West Sussex and Worldwide online, have never been taught about how to protect and nurture their mental health.
Many parents have stress, anxiety and depression themselves. They don’t have the skills and techniques to support their anxious teenagers through and often the last person a teenager wants to hear from is their parents! So there is this huge gap to fill.
The first thing that I teach children are easy techniques so they can discretley manage their own state. From the first session they feel different and have tools that make them feel better.
I use coaching and hypnosis and language that appeals to teenagers. They can relax a bit knowing they are not revealing any secrets and it’s a place where they can just see what happens. Teenagers are usually carry a lot of stress, worry and anxiety that they have no way of unloading, just because they don’t know how.
And what about mum and dad?
Being a parent can be testing, tiring and thankless! So if you need help unwinding, keeping your cool or getting creative on strategies to cope let’s chat