Rough mornings, dreadful afternoons, and regretful nights are just some of the struggles that us teens go through daily. What really helps other than talking to loved ones or even getting some moderate exercise? When doing my research many approaches came up including: long walks, long drives, talking to yourself without looking crazy, and even treating yourself on occasion but in reality it ends up taking up your pockets. It’s not that these are bad instructions it’s just that they don’t seem to work realistically at times. Luckily i’ve tested out about two exercises that have shown pretty good results in my life this summer.
The first exercise that has become a part of my daily routine is a 10 minute meditation session in the morning before I start my day. With the right concentration and collectiveness of an angel you can seek out any mental problems that might occur later in that day. Of course just like any other problem solving techniques there are pros and cons. The pros of this exercise include: less anxiety throughout your day, a piece of mind when handling difficult situations, and a more calm approach when dealing with different people as well. The cons of this exercise include: overthinking things in your head and… that’s about it. I’ll usually start this activity after I eat my breakfast and stretch. My meditation session will include me either planning out my day in my head and asking myself what to do in certain situations or it will just be me letting my mind roam for ten minutes as well.
The second method is journaling, something I usually will do before I eat my breakfast and have a cup of tea with too. This is something similar to meditating except your actually putting your thoughts on paper and seeing them. This usually helps me from avoiding any fears or nerves I may have about the day and it helps to trap them on something rather than letting them stay in my head all day. I have a small journal that I use for my mornings, I will usually write about half or close to 3/4 of a page and the rest of the page will consists of my schedule for that day and things that I need to get done. One of the most important things that i’ve learned when writing a journal is to have no filter and to just write what you feel. Some days I will just write the things that I am thankful for, just so I can keep my head on straight.
Trying these methods have helped me tremendously and I have seen results for myself. Of course I’m not perfect and I still have struggles with anxiety as a teenager but these exercises have definitely decreased my nervous levels by a ton and hopefully it will help you as well.