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Zoomers, individuals born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, are reporting higher rates of social and psychological conflicts than any other generation. What could possibly be causing these disturbing behaviors in teenagers? Teenagers are constantly being watched through the lens of the public eye, we can give a huge shoutout to social media for this. In this decade, it is not difficult to find ourselves lost, even more so, without a purpose. Growing up, we are made to believe that high school is it, it is when you mature and realize who your real friends are, but once you are in high school, it is not that simple. As we transcend throughout life, we are always waiting for the next big moment, for the next occasion that will actually bring out genuine happiness in us. 

Anxiety during adolescence typically centers in the way our bodies shape, social acceptance, and constant problems about independence. The constant pressure of expectations through social media, peers, and family is what causes unnecessary stress in teenagers. We live in the shadows. We do not accept when we outgrow people, when we outgrow our loved ones. It is not typical, not normal. Although there is not a specific cure for anxiety, here are some tips and tricks you can do when you are feeling defeated with yourself. 

 

How to calm down anxiety for the short term

  1. Breathe 

    1. Breathe in for 4 seconds 

    2. Hold your breath for 7 seconds 

    3. Exhale slowly for 8 seconds

    4. Repeat until you feel calmer 

  2. Name what you are feeling 

  3. 5-4-3-2-1 coping technique 

    1. Five. Name five things you can see. 

    2. Four. Name four things you can touch. 

    3. Three. Find three things you can hear. 

    4. Two. Find two things you can smell. 

    5. One. Find one thing you can taste. 

  4. Listen to some music 

 

How to calm down anxiety for the long-run 

  1. Self-care roughs 

  2. Consider therapy 

  3. Adopt some relaxation techniques