Being a teenager was tough enough before going through the pandemic. On a normal day, the challenge of balancing (and trying to stay good at) school, extracurricular activities, family responsibilities, jobs, and personal relationships is already plenty. Throwing in the pandemic added in new stresses like not being able to physically be with those we know, love, and trust. Going through that was enough to make anyone start to experience feelings of stress and anxiety.
Anxiety is real. It comes in varying shades and affects us all differently. Some of us may have fleeting thoughts of discomfort and then after talking to a friend or doing a soothing activity, we can go back to normal. And some of us may experience anxiety much more deeply as it interferes with our mental health and the ability to do tasks like school, work, or even fun hobbies.
If you feel like you’re struggling with anxiety, here are some helpful resources to check out:
If your anxiety has gotten to the point where you feel like hurting yourself, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988.