By Hancock Healthy Times reporters | Anxiety is a feeling.
School Counselor Miss Harrison defined it as a “feeling of worry or stress in specific situations.” Sometimes it can even make your heart beat faster or stomach hurt. It can cause you to sweat too, she said.
Miss Harrison said anxiety is different for every person. And what causes isn’t the same for everyone. For some people, it can be the start of a new year. For others, it could be being in a large crowd.
Miss Harrison said it is important to remember that stress is normal and it is your “body’s way of telling you that you need to approach a situation in a new way.”
You may need to take some deep breaths to collect your thoughts. Miss Harrison also recommends talking to a grown-up to help work through the anxiety and come up with a plan.
“Remember, there are lots of other kids and adults that feel the same,” she said. “So talk about how you are feeling.”
Miss Harrison said she feels anxious when she tries new things.
“Meeting all the students and teachers on the first day made me feel nervous,” she said. “So I talked to my peers and took some deep breaths before coming to school, and that helped ease my nerves.”
School principal Mrs. Vaught said some reasons people become anxious is if they are involved in a conflict or they forgot to do their homework.
She said she sometimes feels anxious because of the “pressure” to be a good principal and her desire to make Hancock the best school possible for its students.
Mrs. Vaught said feelings of anxiety are normal. She recommends acknowledging your feelings and looking for help so you can work through those feelings.
“Know that you are not alone,” she said. “Talk about it with an adult, a friend, or a teacher you trust. You may go through harder seasons, but know that they will not last forever.”
“One thing we can all do is be kind and just keep in mind that we never know what someone is going through,” she said.
Illustration by Shaina, Hancock Healthy Times.