Its that time of year again!!
Teenagers all over the country are beginning to feel the pressure…
impending sense of panic?
As parents of a possibly uncommunicative, yet stressed teenager, where the young person may have great difficulty expressing their concerns, can be a challenging time for the whole family.
Knowing where to go to seek support can be tricky!
If the teenager is demonstrating anxiety and depression symptoms, where they appear to be not coping with erratic emotions, have significant changes in eating and sleeping habits or are expressing feelings of low mood, particularly suicidal thoughts, then a Gp consultation is necessary.
For many teenagers it can be much more subtle than this and who may improve the situation can be less obvious.
The schools and colleges are getting better at offering sessions on tips and strategies which enhance the students planning for revision, so they feel better prepared and more able to cope with the pressures.
Encourage the teenager to access support at school with lunch time and after school sessions and talk to their teacher about difficulties they are having.
With the multiple demands on teenagers this preparation is getting harder to focus on.
It relies on the teenager not being too hormonal, influenced by their peers (which has long been the case), but magnified by the massive influence from social media.
This constant distraction of messages, apps and the internet is pervasive and often difficult to manage alongside their rapidly developing brains. As many study skills need to be accessed on line it is increasingly difficult to avoid the pull of the internet.
Personal discipline is crucial and the challenges many:-
- addiction to social networking and the phone constantly in the hand
- a fear of failure making even starting to think about study difficult
- performance anxiety making focusing a challenge
- a lack of engagement with their studies
- no clear sense of direction
Accessing resources to improve the teenagers ability to remain calm, focus and commit to performing in the way that does them justice is hugely beneficial.
A session or 2 with a Hypnotherapist who can offer NLP techniques to promote these skills, either with or without hypnosis, can help the teenager to set the intention and take the steps towards achieving their goals.
Contact me if you want to explore this conversation further.
Sometimes recognising what is happening for the student is the first step.