Feeling Anxious? Remind Yourself of These 3 Things
Imagine this: You’re in a car without a driver’s license and you’ve been tasked to parallel park in front of a packed coffee shop with a line of cars waiting behind you.
Sounds familiar? Well, that’s probably how many teenagers feel today - being thrown into this thing called “life” to prove themselves and their worth to an onlooking world.
But what we sometimes fail to realise is that the adolescent life stage is a time when these teenagers are still working out their identities through exploring and making mistakes.
On top of having to deal with the social pressures of familial or peer relationships, they also find themselves having to cope with the expectations and rigours of school.
A 2020 research study reported that students’ stress levels pose a threat to the wellbeing and mental health of students.1 Even more so amidst the ongoing pandemic where avenues for stress regulation such as social activities, sports and creative pursuits have been put on hold.
Christian youths are no exception. In fact, they might experience the added pressure of needing to “have more faith” or “pray it away”, which could trigger feelings of spiritual-guilt especially if their struggles or anxieties still remain.
In these moments of lonely suffering, I hope that you’ll be reminded of and comforted by these words from God.
REMINDER #1: KNOW THAT IT IS NOT ALWAYS YOUR FAULT
When struggles with anxiety creep in, it’s common to hear a voice which tells you that “So