Anxiety is very common among teenagers and young adults, and it usually stems from the social stigma built up around young people. Anxiety is often very difficult to be open about due to the fact people take this so lightly- people are quick to mix up nervousness with anxiety & it is often why it is not taken as seriously as it should be.
I first found that I may have anxiety when I was about 11/12, there were the common symptoms that often arose when I was very nervous or scared for a certain thing, however these symptoms were ongoing and persistent. When I started having frequent panics attacks, both at school and at home, I began to get worried- like any young child would. Lessons would often be difficult as I was trying to keep my mind off my thoughts and focused on my work but everything was all muddled and confusing. Anxiety can often make you feel like you are completely isolated; yet surrounded at exactly the same time, and without knowing how to cope with those emotions, it can usually be very overwhelming, and actually; quite suffocating. I started getting help for this when I was assigned to my first councillor; there were a few tips they had offered but none of them really seemed to be working, so I began trying my own. At first I was completely stressing as nothing was working, to this day my usual methods sometimes don't work- but that's alright because you have to believe in yourself- that's a key survival method for me, there were times I felt like no methods were working; but I had to keep going and I kept
pushing myself, trying to find something that works for me. It may take months or years but you must not give up, because you never know what you might find, and over time you may actually realise you're getting just that little bit better each day.
My main coping mechanisms that i'd like to share are pretty straight forward and they may be recommended to you a fair amount; however, writing is a great method, it doesn't matter if you can or can't write but just getting a piece of paper and scribbling words, phrases or sentences down is such a therapeutic art from. Drawing & doodling are also incredibly calming, the anti-stress colouring books (most book shops have these) are amazing, you can take them anywhere and they're so soothing and honestly do help so much,- it calms your brain and this is vital in helping with your anxiety. Another method is anything you can fiddle with, for example a beaded necklace/bracelet, a Rubik cube etc. these are often just something to take your mind off of where you are & distracting you entirely from your surroundings. Finally, music is very helpful and personally my best method of coping- anything with quite a slow tempo, classical music is great (even if you're not keen on it, it slows your breathing down rapidly), acoustic music, anything piano/cello/acoustic guitar based is also very good as it is incredibly
calming. It's not very effective to listen to fast paced music as this can often trigger involuntary adrenaline, I would only recommend fast music if you know it works for you.
Overall, just keep searching for something that can become your coping mechanism, it's very difficult but it is possible to overcome. I hope my tips and experiences have benefited or helped you in some way. Keep your head up, keep
your heart strong. I love you x