At Peak Academy, we feel that it is of extreme importance to help our students get through anxiety, stress and depression. We are going through a pandemic, but there is an underlying pandemic that is brewing under the surface and that is the anxiety and depression amongst our teenagers. We are extremely observant and we want to be able to push the pause button, and help manage these feelings.
Stress, anxiety and depression can all result from many personal, professional, and environmental causes. The best way to cope with these are by managing the things that are within your control. Depression can make it much more difficult to control or cope with different stressors. It is important to realize that everyone experiences stress, anxiety and depression, and when it is affecting your life, health and wellbeing, it is important to take care of it as soon as possible.
A lot of the time, anxiety and depression go hand in hand. It is therefore of utter importance to know when you are feeling anxious or depressed and to try and understand what could be triggering it. To help reduce this feeling, try a few of these:
1. Be active
When we talk about being active, we are not only referring to exercise. Here, we are referring to getting out, going for a walk or getting a take away coffee. These won’t make your anxiety, stress and depression disappear, but it will help reduce some of the intense emotions that you’re feeling and allow you to deal with these feelings more calmly.
2. Take time to yourself
Taking time to yourself refreshes and re-energizes you. When you find yourself feeling like you aren’t in control and in a hard situation, taking ‘me time’ helps you clear your thoughts and will ultimately help you make better decisions.
3. Don’t rely on unhealthy habits
When you feel that you are not coping, we promise you that alcohol and smoking won’t help. Going through your teenage years are hard, however, relying on alcohol and smoking will only create new problems for you. It may provide a temporary relief, but your feelings won’t disappear.
4. Help out where you can
Helping others and volunteering does more for you than you may think. In doing this, you may start to see your problems being put into perspective. For example, helping out at an animal shelter has been proven to increase ones happiness.
5. Don’t be afraid to come forward
We want our students to feel and know that if they are struggling or aren’t coping, that they can come forward and speak to one of our staff members. Talking about issues and feelings benefit you more than you can imagine, and asking for help will only help.
Our staff members are extremely supportive and are there for our students no matter what.