3 Bizarre Signs Your Anxiety Is Out Of Control

Anxiety is an incredibly common condition. Thousands of people experience it on a macro level, a response to life circumstances and events that feel beyond their control. Beyond that, there are a variety of different anxiety disorders. These manifest not from direct life stimuli, but from misfiring brain chemistry, causing you to feel panicked and anxious even when there is no particular reason to do so. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD both find their definitions as anxiety disorders.

 

Despite how common anxiety is, it can be incredibly difficult to treat. There are various therapies available, but they tend to have a limited scope for success. They can provide a temporary relief but, over time, sufferers are less likely to continue to apply the learned techniques and thus the anxiety returns. Nevertheless, if anxiety is a persistent problem for you, then they’re well worth investigating.

 

One of the most difficult parts of this whole anxiety cycle is learning to recognize what’s happening. If you’ve experienced an upsurge in anxiety, there’s every chance that you don’t even realize that it’s happening. It can be tough to detect, because you’re too busy reacting to it to even be able to sit down and notice what’s going on.

 

That’s why a massive part of coping with chronic anxiety is based around learning to interpret your symptoms. Below are six unusual ways that a rise in anxiety might manifest itself; if you notice any of these – and have a history of anxiety control problems – it might be time to speak to your doctor in an effort to nip it in the bud.

 

#1 – Sleep Problems

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Lying awake at night worrying sounds like a classic anxiety thing – so of course you’re going to notice that. However, anxiety can disturb your sleep in other ways. It can make you more liable to wake up in the middle of the night. Conversely, it can also make you want to sleep more. It can also manifest itself as daytime tiredness, even if you slept perfectly well the night before.

 

As a rule of thumb, any change in what’s normal for you regarding sleeping patterns should be treated as a sign of a potential issue.

 

#2 – Less Impulse Control

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When our brains and systems are pulsing with all that excess adrenaline that anxiety causes, we’re not in a fit state to be making good decisions. That means, when you’re highly anxious, you’re less likely to be able to control your impulse.

 

This often manifests itself in terms of addictive behavior. If you’re a former smoker who has long since fled the cigarettes for the world of vaping, sweet eliquid flavors, wares from the likes of Vapor Vanity, and mod devices, then a highly anxious time might see you suddenly crave cigarettes again. Or if you’re usually happy to eat healthily with a low-carb diet full of healthy fats, a spike in anxiety will suddenly make all those carbs and refined fats sound delicious in a way they haven’t in years. These cravings – for cigarettes, alcohol, or food – aren’t based in real feelings. You can be happier as a vaper; delighted by the impact of your good diet; thrilled to no longer be waking up with a hangover after a rough night… but you’ll still want to return to the “bad” ways when your anxiety is out of control.

 

This is because your brain is trying to soothe itself, using old tried and tested methods. If you’ve made healthy changes that you have enjoyed, but are suddenly feeling tempted back to the bad old days, it’s a signifier that your anxiety is back in the driving seat.

 

#3 – Losing Your Temper

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Whether you’re usually a calm person or have always had a bit of a hot temper, a surge in anxiety is likely to cause problems. You will suddenly find yourself flying off the handle at the mildest of stimuli but – most noticeably – the anger doesn’t last. You vent, shout, and within five minutes you’re over it.

 

This is a sign that you’re not truly angry. If you had a justifiable reason for being angry, it would probably stick around for longer rather than fading away like a spent firework. These spikes of anger aren’t to do with the other person or circumstance; they’re all about you struggling to cope with that excess adrenaline in your system.

 

If you notice any of these three signs beginning to develop, you should try self-coping strategies such as meditation or breathing exercises. If these don’t bring about results, then talk to your doctor – excessive anxiety is not something you ought to deal with alone.

The Election Battle: Dealing With Office Politics At Work

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When you start work, nothing will prepare you for what is in store. It isn’t only the realization that you have lived in a bubble, even though that is shocking. Mainly, it’s the lengths that people go to in the office to get ahead in their careers. To this day, people who have worked in these environments still don’t know how to navigate the choppy waters. And, that isn’t a dig because it is hard to know what to say and when. If you want to sharpen your skills, below are the tricks of the trade that keep politicians at bay.

 

Stamp Out Nasty Behavior

 

Some colleagues are like predators in the sense that they like to sniff out and target the weak. As a result, the odds are they will try they luck with you, especially if you are new. Sometimes, it is more than a competitive edge and crosses the line into harassment. If you feel abuse in the workplace is taking place, act swiftly. Usually, offices have protocols for such measures that you can follow. For those of you that think this makes the situation worse, pull the person to one side. Explain politely but with force that you can play the game too.

 

Make Friends

 

People that have friends have colleagues who are willing to watch their back. Those that don’t are alone and vulnerable, and this makes you a more attractive target. The best thing to do is to form a tight knit group that looks out for another’s interests. When you are a part of a clique, it is harder for people to discredit you as someone will come to your aid. So, the first step when you start a new job is to get to know as many people as possible. Once they vouch for you, they will integrate you into their friend group.

 

Document Your Work

 

It isn’t always rude and aggressive people that are the problem. Lots of the time, it is the dishonest person that acts as your friend and stabs you in the back. One of the main examples of this is taking credit for other people’s work. It happens all the time in offices, and there isn’t much you can do other than document your time. Calling people out looks desperate, particularly when it is common. By writing down what you did and when there is a record should it ever come up with the bosses.

 

Don’t Be Discouraged

 

The main reason individuals play the politics game is fear. They see a threat, and they want to eliminate it as soon as possible. So, take positives from your experience by acknowledging that they fear your abilities. You are someone who may get in the way and they want you out. Apart from anything else, this should encourage you to continue down the same path. After all, it is a sign you are doing something right. Otherwise, they wouldn’t bother in the first place.

 

Lastly, you can report bad behavior to HR as the final straw.

Are You Too Tired?

If you find yourself tired all of the time, it could be because you have a busy life, or that you have been burning the candle at both ends lately. But it could also be because you are not looking after yourself properly. Something that is vital to your health now and in the future. So below we look at some of the common causes of tiredness and what you can do about them.

 

Not getting enough rest

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First and foremost it’s important to ask yourself whether you could be tired because of the simple fact that you are not getting enough rest. Maybe you always aim to be in bed by 9.30pm, but still find yourself on the couch watching sitcom reruns at 11.15 pm every night?

 

Or perhaps you have been lucky enough to be blessed by having kids, but the baby isn’t sleeping through the night, and your three-year-old keeps having bad dreams? Whatever the reason, feeling tired all the time is a signal; from your body that you need to change something.

 

That means earlier beds, less electronic device use in the run up to sleep time. Also if you have kids, getting you and your partner to alternate each night between who is getting up and sorting them out and who gets to stay in bed.

 

Smoking

 

Now, if you are constantly tired and you are a smoker, then it could be the evil weed that is causing your problems. Of course, as smoke is inhaled into the lungs it affects, primarily that area of the body, and what are our lungs used for? Drawing in and processing oxygen! So the means smoking can inhibit this process meaning you aren’t getting as much oxygen and that can make you feel sleepy.

 

Of course, cigarettes are full of the harmful chemicals as well, which are going to do nothing for how you are feeling and add that to the fact that CO2 is transported around the body when you smoke instead of oxygen and you have a real recipe for disaster.

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So if you are smoking, then it’s best to try and give up. You can do this by using nicotine replacement products, getting some help and support from you doctor, or by using vapor cigarettes.

 

These are electronic cigarettes that deliver water vapor and nicotine instead of all of those nasty chemicals. They are really cutting edge now, and many folks opt for one of the mod kits available to tailor their vaping experience to their preferences. Something that can make it easy to get rid of those traditional tobacco cigarettes.

 

Anxiety

 

Anxiety is another problem that can cause you to feel tired all of the time. This is because it keeps your body in fight or flight mode, pumped full of adrenaline. Something that makes sleeping until you become utterly exhausted, physically and mentally tough.

 

But what can you do about this? Well, first of all, cut down on stimulants like caffeine and refined sugar. Then set some time aside before sleep to gently allow your body to relax and achieve a calmer state. You can do a guided body meditation to help if you like.

 

Also, if stress and anxiety are becoming more than a passing problem in your life it can be helpful to see your doctor. They may recommend exercise, medication, or a course of CBT to help you deal with these feelings in a more manageable way.

 

Bits And Bods: Fixing Your Body

Everyone wants to look and feel great, regardless of what’s going on in their life. But, alas, the human body is incredibly difficult when it comes to staying in good condition. When times get tough, it’s easy to let your body fall into disrepair, making it harder to love the skin you’re in. Thankfully, though, most of this is completely reversible. In just a matter of weeks, you could be back to your old self. It will take some work, but this post is here to help. It will be going through four of the easiest parts of your body to repair. So, when times get tough, you don’t have to worry.

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The hair on your head will usually look good, regardless of how well it’s been styled, as long as you have it cut regularly. When hair is left to grow and is unmanaged, split ends will start to form. Along with this, when you don’t use the right products on your hair, it could become limp and flat. Thankfully, though, companies like Lush are here to help. With products made completely from natural materials, they will give your hair it’s life back. You have loads of options like this available. So, try to find something which takes as little work as possible.

 

Next, it’s time to think about your teeth. Like your hair, teeth will quickly become worse for wear if they are left to their own devices. It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, to keep them looking good. Along with their appearance, brushing regularly is also very good for your dental health. There are many types of fixed restorative dental work out there to help you with your teeth. These sorts of treatments will give you the chance to solve bigger issues with your teeth. Along with all of this, you should also aim to see a dentist every half year or so.

 

Your skin is seen by most of the people you meet and interact with. Covering all of your body, it’s impossible to hide this part of you. And, so, it makes sense to work hard on it. The food and drink you consume will have a big impact on your skin. Drinking more water will help you to avoid spots while eating correctly will help your overall complexion. A gentle face scrub is a great addition to anyone’s morning routine. You could also consider having the occasional face mask, too.

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Your nails are made from very similar stuff to your hair. Of course, though, your nails have to deal with a lot more stress than your hair does. When nails crack or break, they will often look bad. So, making sure your nails are strong is a good way to avoid it. Products containing keratin are best for this job. Keratin is the building block of these parts of your body. Using the right options could make both your hair and nails a lot healthier.

 

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to start making some little changes to your body. When things start to fall out of shape, it’s easy to feel like there will be no return. With just a little bit of work, though, it’s easy to restore yourself to the best version of you.

Have You Got Your Own Back?

Living with pain is a troubling idea to most people. The thought of being in pain every day is too much for a lot of people to deal with. Unfortunately, though, this fear isn’t quite enough to push people into action. It’s easy to live a destructive life without even realising it. And, this catches a lot of folks out. To help you with this, this post will be focusing on your back. This part of your body is very prone to being painful in later life, though, there are still things which can be done for it. Once you’ve read this, you should have everything you need to get started on a healthier back.

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Posture is one of the key elements when it comes to back health. The way that you sit, stand, and lie down are vital to your back’s health. For example, a lot of modern jobs involve sitting down for very long stretches of time. Without the right kind of chair to deal with this, it’s likely that back pain will start. In an office, you should always be using a chair designed to be used for 24-hours a day. Or, if you’re strapped for cash, you could look into getting a memory foam wedge, instead. Along with this, it could also be worth doing some research. The way you hold your body will have a huge impact on it in later life. So, it’s worth looking for options which can help you.

 

Along with the way you hold yourself, there are some more easy ways to help your back. Your spine is made from bone. Like the rest of your bones, it is reliant on calcium to be strong and solid. So, by adding more calcium to your diet, you’ll be increasing the chances that your back stays good into later life. Omega3 is also great for your back, in the right amounts. The perfect meal to find back pain would be some sort of fish served with vegetables and not much else. It’s vital that you eat your greens and look for ways to get these important elements into your diet.

 

If you’re already living with back pain, the top two solutions will only be able to help you so far. Sometimes, back pain isn’t caused by the person experiencing it. Instead, it can be caused by an injury. Back injuries can be very hard to recover from. When you walk or run, you use your back. When you carry things, you use your back. But, most importantly, your back supports your body. This means that it is constantly in the line of fire, raising the chances it can become painful by a huge amount. When you’re experiencing back pain, it could be worth seeing some chiropractors. Doctors like this are specially trained to work with backs, so they have the right experience to help you out properly.

 

Hopefully, this post will give you a good idea of what can be done when you’re trying to fight back pain. Not a lot of people put this sort of effort into their health. But, when you’re thinking about something as crucial as your back, it’s worth working hard.

The Best Bits Of Planning A Wedding

All wedding planning is fun, right? Well, no, not really. Boring things like paying invoices, finding insurance and even making the table plan are enough to make you fall asleep. It’s true – some bits of wedding planning are more fun than others. When it comes to planning a wedding, there’ll be the things you want to do, and the things you have to do, but that’s ok, as the fun bits will outweigh the dull bits. To get you excited and into the wedding planning spirit, here are some of the best bits to look forward to of planning a wedding.

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Picking a dress

Picking a dress is, without a doubt, the most princess-style moment of wedding planning. When else will you get to try on beautiful dresses worth hundreds that you get to twirl around in to a room of admiring people? Unless you’re a Hollywood actress, this is a once in a lifetime thing. Trying out different styles with your nearest and dearest will make you feel amazing, and the moment you find the one will give you a special memory you’ll cherish forever (even if it’s not the teary-eyed moment you see too often on TV) – so soak up every minute.

Choosing the food

If you’re a food lover, then, of course, you’re going to love this part. Getting to sample lots of different foods to choose your dream wedding menu is fun for you and your partner, and a good excuse for a date too. You’ll get to sample lots of different things that you might never have tried before, and most venues will include the tasting as part of the wedding package. Oh and don’t forget the wedding cake, who knew there could be so many different flavors? You may need to book several tastings for that one!

The entertainment

The entertainment you choose for your wedding will be a fun thing for you and your partner to pick together. Whether you have a favorite band, a hobby you both love or just love to be entertained, you’ll have a great time choosing something special for you and your guests. If you have no idea what entertainment you want, directories and websites like sourceme are ideal for finding a variety of companies who offer services like photo booths as well as music, leaving you with plenty of inspiration for your big day.

Hair and makeup

Many of us fail to treat ourselves, but choosing hair and makeup looks for your wedding is a great way to pamper yourself in the lead-up. You could spend hours browsing wedding magazines and websites trying to find the right look for you, trying out various styles to see what works and makes you look like the bride you pictured in your head. It’s also a good excuse to treat yourself to some new, high-quality makeup which you can continue to use after your wedding to make you feel special.

 

Planning a wedding can be fun, but there are some things you’ll want to hand over to the professionals. Read about the things to look out for when hiring professionals for your wedding and leave them to sort the basics, while you get to enjoy the fun bits.

 

Unconventional Ways to Ease Depression

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If you’re depressed, then you should always see your doctor before you do anything else, but that doesn’t mean that it’s all you should do. Taking medication and getting therapy may well help you, but so will ma of these unconventional ways to ease depression, and many of them are completely free…

 

Help Others

 

When you’re feeling depressed, it isn’t always easy to get up and moving – sometimes even taking a shower is too much to bear – but on those better days, when you can get out of bed and go outside for a while, make an effort to help other people. Volunteering or even just giving a dollar to a homeless person, will take you out of your head for a little while, and make you feel a little better about yourself.

 

Learn to Smile

 

If you can learn to smile more, even when you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, it will help. Sure, it won’t cure your depression in a snap – it’s more complicated than that – but it might just lift your mood, make you feel a little happier and stop those constantly circling negative thoughts from coming around quite so often.

 

Practice Yoga

 

Practicing yoga again, takes some effort and is best kept for those days when you’re feeling up to activity, but it can really boost the mind and body by putting both into sync with one another and providing you with a calm, relaxing exercise that will stop negative thoughts in their tracks and bring more peace into your day.

 

Read

 

When you’re depressed, you will probably suffer from rumination. You will think about all of the bad things that can happen/have happened/you’ve done, and you will start to sink into the depths of despair. One thing that can stop this is to read. You might find it difficult to concentrate, but take it one sentence at a time. When you’re reading, you’ll be concentrating on the fictional words of the page – your own thoughts won’t get a look in – and if the story is good, it will make you feel better all on its own.

 

Pet an Animal

 

If you have a dog or a cat, or you can borrow one, spending some quality time with your furry friend will help to reduce your stress levels and calm you down so that you can get through the day.

 

Meditate

 

Meditation is fantastic for people suffering from depression or anxiety. It helps us to notice when we’ve fallen into a negative thinking pattern and teaches us that our thoughts are just thoughts – they have no real importance. It gives us the space to return to zero – a blank state – where we can get some respite from our troubles.

 

Diet

 

Food really does matter. If you’re eating a poor diet, high in sugar and saturated fats, you probably aren’t feeding your brain well enough. So, eat more fruits, vegetables, greens and good fats, take a multivitamin and have your nutrient levels checked if you think food could be causing your problem.

 

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It Makes Sense! Looking After Your Sight and Hearing

When it comes to going about our day to day lives, many of us can start to take our sense of sight and hearing for granted. But they are so essential! Without them, our lives would experience a dramatic turn and everyday tasks would undoubtedly become more difficult for us. So how can we go about ensuring that we maintain a good sense of both sight and sound? There are numerous options. So read on for a few tips and tricks to encourage good eye and ear health.

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Eye Tests

 

You should generally book in for an eye test at least once every two years. However, if you begin to notice problems or a change in your eyesight, you should book in as soon as possible, regardless of how long ago your last appointment was. The test itself involves two main components. Firstly, the optician will a full examination of your eye’s health and your inner eye health. They are likely to shine a light into your eye which will allow them to identify the warning signs of any eye diseases, such as glaucoma, retinal displacement and even diabetes. The second part of the process is a visual acuity test. You will see the traditional board with letters of various sizes on. You will be seated a certain distance away from the sign and asked to clearly read out the letters that you can read. This will help to identify issues of short sightedness or long sightedness. The optician will then be able to try out a variety of lenses on you, identifying which are best suited to your needs and finally being able to give you a prescription for specific lenses. This whole process should be pain-free and relatively fast.

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Hearing Tests

 

Children will generally undergo hearing tests as part of their general health checkups as they grow up. However, adults don’t tend to have hearing tests all that often. You may be surprised to know that you can, in fact, book in for a hearing test in a similar way to how you book in for an eye test. During your hearing test, a pure tone audiometry (PTA) is generally used to indicate the quality of your hearing in both ears. A machine will play a variety of sounds at alternate volumes and frequencies (or pitches). You will be expected to respond to sounds by pressing a button when you hear them. You may also be asked to carry out a speech perception test, which examines your ability to hear words without the aid of any visual information. If you are identified as having auditory problems or illnesses, you should contact an audiologist. If you’re wondering how audiologists help, not to worry. Many of us may not even remember the last time we came into contact with one. In short, they will offer support and assistance in four main ways: helping you to hear better, helping you to communicate more effectively, aiding you in creating a better quality of life for yourself and giving a hand in making your workplace a productive and comfortable environment.

 

Diet

 

There are plenty of foods that can help to maintain your eye and ear health, so make sure that your diet is full of them!  A good place to start is lutein, which can be found in leafy greens like spinach. This prevents oxidative damage to your retina. You should also ensure that you consume the recommended levels of magnesium, which helps to combat the presence of free radicals which are produced by loud sounds.

 

Hygiene

 

Keeping your eyes and ears clean can also make all the difference to your eyesight and hearing. A large proportion of illnesses and problems with these areas of the body are caused by poor hygiene or inappropriate cleaning methods. If you wear eye makeup, make sure that you replace it regularly. Old makeup will harbour higher levels of bacteria that have had the time to multiply while the mascara or eyeliner has been left lying around. By regularly renewing your eye makeup products and effectively cleaning your brushes, you can significantly reduce your chances of developing an eye infection or irritation. When it comes to maintaining the hygiene of your ears, you should remember to never insert a Q-tip or cotton bud directly into the ear canal. Ear wax serves an important purpose: it catches dirt and bacteria, preventing it from entering the ear canal and simultaneously forms a waterproof barrier. Excess amounts will work their way out of the ear naturally.

Putting Your Body In The Right “Condition”

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Everybody has their own specific issues when it comes to their own body. Regardless of how large or small, you may be in comparison to someone else, what we have will never be good enough. So we try and find the best ways to keep our bodies as trim as we possibly can, and while this may mean adjusting our diet severely, it could also mean a brand new exercise routine, which is where body conditioning comes into play. The notion of body conditioning is not that dissimilar from typical exercising. It’s just focusing on certain parts of your body that will help you tighten up overall, and this is not just those problem areas but also increasing the thickness of tissues in your body. This can be done through building your muscle, losing weight or body fat, or making the organs in your body work better by doing any of the following.

 

Muscle Conditioning

This is the main thing when it comes to conditioning your body. The more conditioned your muscles, the better your body functions. Ultimately the goal is to increase muscle mass while losing fat, and while we all have specific problem areas, if you really want to show those abs or tight and defined arms the fact is that sometimes we may need a little bit more help. There are certain things that can specialize in fat removal such as SculpSure, by working in tandem with a professional to work on removing the problem areas combined with the exercises you can see a noticeable difference. The abdomen is one of the key problem areas for most of us, and while there’s only so much we can do to lose that spare tire by exercising, we have to go one step further by implementing the right diet too.

 

Lung Conditioning

It’s not just the muscles that we can work to condition, we can also work on the internal parts of our body by doing the right exercises, and lung conditioning is one of those vital processes to improve our exercise and our stamina. The fact is that our lungs supply the bloodstream with oxygen which creates energy. So we must inhale and exhale enough oxygen to keep us sustained for the duration of the workout. By making conditioning exercises a part of your workout routine, this will help to increase your respiratory rate and will help you to exert much more energy without running out of breath.

 

Heart Conditioning

The heart muscle will also benefit from conditioning exercises. By exercising it on a regular basis, you will need more energy to sustain those workouts. So this needs to be done by generating more oxygen to be pumped your bloodstream which is done by your heart. As your heart beats faster, it will speed up the whole delivery of oxygen and the vital nutrients to your cells. And, of course, the harder your heart works, the stronger it will become, and so you become better and stronger overall as your heart does not need to work as hard to pump blood through your body.

 

How To Help Teenagers Going Through Stress And Depression As A Parent

If you’ve got children who are going through their teenage years, you should make yourself aware of the stresses of modern pop culture. Never before in human history, has there been so much pressure put on adolescents to look a certain way, talk and act cool, know the slang, the latest hit single, fashion and social movements. There used to be a time when a kid could just be a kid, with not many pressures of high expectations from their peers and be praised for being an individual. These days, apart from the stringent academic demands from school and college, the endless coursework, revision, exams and course choices, peer pressure plays a large role in development. Even if they have had a healthy upbringing of love and kindness, anxiety is a menace in their brain; it causes rational human beings to do irrational things, which can often lead to feeling alone. There some signs which parents should be on the lookout for to spot if your child is suffering from mental health concerns.

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Stubbornness and negativity

 

If you suspect school or college life is getting a bit too much for your children, try to pick up on signs of depression. Oversleeping can be a sign of mental fatigue because the body is willing, but the mind is tired and tries to shut down by going to sleep. Do your children often say ‘no’ a lot? Try to find out the reason if so, by asking question about their general life. Ask them what they want to do, or simply what they want. Often times it’s going to be much deeper than the immediate problem, such as asking them if they want to go some place of their choosing for a meal, watching a movie they’d like, etc.

 

Be mindful not to push them; they’re going through a really short, but fast time in their lives, where they’re finding themselves and who they are. It’s a good guess that they don’t know themselves, so there may not be a yes or no answer to your questions. Make them feel reassured, and show your understanding by swapping stories of your childhood and how stressful it was. Relating to someone who is stressed can soothe their worries, so they don’t feel alone.

 

Delving into the bottle

 

During the ages of 15-20, children are transitioning from childhood to adulthood, in more ways than one. Sometimes the stress of exams, difficulty finding a girlfriend or boyfriend to try new experiences can spiral their anxiety out of control. Because they don’t have the life experience, they don’t know which way to turn, or try and rely on previous solutions. Adolescents are experiencing the pressure of academic pursuit or work for the first time, and some find it easier to hit the bottle. See what kind of help you can get from your health provider, use your insurance to book an introductory session to a rehab facility. Teenagers who suffer from alcoholism, are more likely to be treated successfully, than adults in later life, so beat the disease to the punch if you see signs of trouble.

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Talk it out

 

It’s not rocket science, but it’s very effective. Just talk to your children. Treat them like an equal, try not to patronize them and give them lectures on life. At this age, they need someone who cares about them and takes an interest in their lives and interests. If you don’t take the time to know who your children really are, as people with thoughts, feelings, political and social beliefs, you’ll never be able to connect with them on a deep level; so talk it out.