Top Ten Tips: Anxiety Tip #1 - Educate Yourself
Over lockdown, I've noticed a large spike in twenty-somethings experiencing anxiety; let's face it, it's a generation which is feeling a lot of pressure at the moment, so it's no suprise they are beginning to reach the end of their tether.
If you're in your twenties at the moment, chances are you might be completing a course online rather than in person; some of you might not be having the university experience you'd signed up for. Some of you might be feeling stuck at home in more ways than one as lockdown exacerbates your desire for independence and your own space. Those of you who have a job might be in that 'first job' position where it doesn't quite feel right for you and your gut is telling you to move on to something better .....but the papers are telling you that the UK economy is about to nose dive, taking the employment market with it. On top of that, your parents are stressed and anxious, too, and their advice to you is filtered through their own fear.
I really empathise with you: at a time in your life that you're trying to learn how to fly, the sky feels like it's falling in.
Therefore, I thought it might be helpful to post some simple tips on managing anxiety to help you through this uncertain time. Keep a look out for each tip on my Instagram feed or Facebook feed over the next few weeks.
Enjoy tip 1, which tells you how to start managing your anxiety more effectively, as well as suggesting some useful resources.
Keep working on you!