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Feeling worried Overhanging boy

Being worried can sometimes make you feel tired, upset, worried, shaky, light-headed, frustrated or feeling like you might ‘go crazy’.

It can make you feel like you might be sick. Being worried can be a result of something specific (like a test), or you might not know why you feel worried, which is normal and okay too. Another word people use to describe feeling worried is anxious.

Ways to stop feeling anxious

When you are feeling worried and anxious, you can begin to lack confidence and stop believing in yourself. You might feel like you can’t do something because you feel like you’re not good enough.

This is a normal feeling, but be careful not to get caught up in it because it is likely that the negative thought is not true. If thoughts come into your head like “I am worthless”, stop, take a deep breath and think instead “I can do lots of things” – then make a list of what you are good and talented at, even if it seems small. Thinking positive thoughts will help you feel better in yourself.

There are lots of other ways to stop yourself from feeling worried or anxious. These include distracting yourself by doing something different, getting some exercise (it’s well known, and well proven, that doing physical activity makes you feel better) and eating food that is healthy and good for you (which will give you energy and help your body to feel fit and strong).

Sometimes the best solution is to relax – find a comfortable chair to sit in or have a lie down, slow down your breathing and chill out. One of the best things that you can do is be your own best friend and give yourself a pat on the back for all the good things that you do and all the talents that you have.

You may also want to ring Childline on 0800 1111 if you feel that you have no one you can trust to speak to.

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A good way to manage your worry and anxiety is to find someone who you trust and talk to them – it might be a parent or the person who cares for you, a teacher, a friend or the school nurse. Sharing a problem often makes it seem less huge.
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