Feeling worried or anxious is normal – it helps keep us safe and helps us cope with difficult or dangerous situations.
Every single person has felt worried, scared, anxious and stressed at least one time in their lives.
The problem with feeling this way is when it stops you from enjoying your normal life, and it starts affecting you at school, how you are at home, friendship and relationships with your family.
There is often a reason for feeling worried or anxious, such as:
- Having a fear of something that makes you feel afraid.
- Worrying about getting into trouble.
- Worrying about schoolwork or having to do an exam.
- Doing something new.
- Having to do things that you might not like.
- Being away from your family.
- Making new friends.
- Getting older.
These situations and others can cause worrying thoughts that we have to challenge in order to stop worrying.
At Young Minds Matter we have different ways of helping you when you are feeling like this. Our first offer to you will be an Anxiety Skills Course which runs over eight sessions, where you can learn skills to help cope with worrying and challenging those worrying thoughts.
You will be given new information booklets every week, full of tips and tasks for you to try and help with you feeling worried or anxious. You will also meet people in your age group who have similar worries, but don’t worry, you don’t have to answer any personal questions or share anything about yourself if you don’t want to. This group is to help teach you skills and challenge those worrying thoughts.
If you still need support after the skills course, there is a possibility that you could have a few sessions with one of our Young Minds Matters practitioners, who are people trained to help you challenge those worrying thoughts when it feels too much to do alone.
There is always support available, it’s about finding the right support that fits you and your needs.