Do you ever feel overwhelmed or scared? Do you sometimes feel worried about things happening in the world?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, don’t worry. You’re not alone.
Lots of young people (and older people) feel anxious from time to time – whether it’s about something that’s happening to them or to someone they love.
We can get upset about things we see on the News, like war or climate change, and that can make us worry about what our future will be like.
However, while we may not be able to control a lot of what happens, we can control our response to them and look after our physical and mental health so we’re in the best possible position to deal with whatever comes our way.
Breathing and Relaxation
You’ve probably already heard that deep, slow breathing is very good for calming your nervous system.
It allows more oxygen to get into your body, balances your hormones by lowering cortisol, reduces blood pressure and slows your heartbeat.
If you’re not sure how to do it, our CTSS (Childline Therapeutic Support Services) team has created a short video to get you started:
You can also download these exercises in PDF form below: