Experiencing anxiety as a student-athlete can lead to feelings of powerlessness, helplessness, and hopelessness. If you are struggling with these emotions and recognize some warning signs of anxiety within yourself, don’t be disheartened! There are a number of simple strategies that you can try, in order to change your thinking and/or lifestyle to overcome anxiety.
Eco-anxiety is a “chronic fear of environmental doom” that stems from watching or reading about the impact of climate change. Some individuals also experience anxiety due to environmental disasters caused by climate change, including extreme weather that affects people’s livelihoods.
Studies have shown that the number of young people reporting the need to be perfect has been steadily and staggeringly increasing in recent years. Perfectionism is the need for flawlessness not only from yourself but from others as well. This obsession with success and a lack of error can have an overall negative effect on your happiness, mental health, and wellbeing.
When it comes to exams, it’s common to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and sleep-deprived, especially during midterms or finals when you need to focus on multiple exams at once. Your life can get thrown out of balance trying to fit in all of your schoolwork, socializing, and studying. While it’s important to study for your exams, your mental health always comes first, and that’s where wellness during exams comes into play.
Stress is your body’s response to changes and new circumstances or situations in your environment. Stress is a part of life and impossible to avoid or eliminate. Therefore, managing your stress to reduce its negative impact is critical for physical and emotional health and wellness.
While it’s normal to experience anxiety in some social interactions, social anxiety occurs much more often than just feeling anxious around people from time to time. Do you find yourself overthinking before you need to make a phone call? Are you nearly always dreading interactions with cashiers, or agonizing over whether you should even hang out with a group of friends because you may be uncomfortable? These could be signs that you have social anxiety (also referred to as social phobia).
Brianna Fernandez is an LA and NY based Actress, Producer, Screen Writer, Voice-over Artist, and Activist. She graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and also has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Penn State. Currently, she is the Writer/ Producer of the Latin Babbler Show and also is the co-founder of the Ignite The Hearts Foundation. Currently, she is producing the film “They Come In Colors” which is a psychological drama about a young painter, named Ashely, who becomes overwhelmed with anxiety.
We all experience anxiety from time to time, but not all of us know what an anxiety disorder or panic attack is like. Instead of invalidating feelings or making a person weak for feeling stressed or panicked, let them know you are there to support them without judgment and ask how they want you to help.
On Swey’s 15th birthday, her father came home angry. She wasn’t sure why, but he started punching her, kicking her, and even tried to stab her. When it was all over, her mother told her to tell the doctors that she fell down the steps. Nothing has been the same since.
In highschool, Hung was diagnosed with depression and anxiety but he was able to manage it. However, in college, a bad relationship and the stress of classes and a job elevated his depression and anxiety. Through counseling, working out, meditating, and self-help books he was able to find relief again.