Anxiety isn’t something we often think as affecting teenagers. We see it as an adult disorder which people face when tackling divorces, work issues and relationship problems. But in fact, teenagers can face anxiety in their lives. It is, sadly becoming more common as school-pressure and the need to fit in has led some young adults to develop anxiety disorders.
As parents, we can admit that upcoming exam stress is something we tend to pass off as normal and expected emotions. And, for most children, they are. However, some teenagers can be facing overwhelming anxiety in the face of education and upcoming GCSE and A-Level exams, so much so that their grades are slipping as a result.
As a parent, you want to care for your teenager’s mental health and ensure that they are happy. Education is vital for preparing teenagers for adult life, whether they wish to start a career or continue their education in a university. But education is not more important than their wellbeing. Mainstream schooling can be a tough environment for many students to feel engaged and supported. Grades are often valued over happiness, and your teenager may feel like there’s nothing they can do to stay in control of their education.
Please keep reading to learn more about Your Home Education and the benefits of online tutoring when supporting teenagers’ mental health and reducing their anxiety. Online homeschooling is a great way to remove your teenager from an environment that causes them anxiety and provide them with top-quality support and education.
What is Anxiety?
So you may be wondering, what exactly is anxiety? Anxiety is the feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, which a person faces. This can be mild or severe, affecting a person only a few times a day, in certain situations, or as an overwhelming, constant feeling.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life, whether this is before an exam, during an interview or when having a medical test. It is normal to feel a small level of anxiousness during these times. However, anxiety disorder is when people find it hard to control their worries, and their anxious emotions are constantly in their everyday lives.
Anxiety is a broad term we use for different types of disorders including Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Phobias, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder.
GAD is the most common form of anxiety and is a long-term condition which causes you to feel anxious about a range of situations rather than one specific event. People suffering from GAD often find it hard to remember the last time they were relaxed, as most days they are faced with situations where they are worried and feel out of control.
Anxiety in Teenagers
Mental health disorders in teenagers are becoming more common in the modern world. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 teenagers aged between 13 and 18 years old will experience an anxiety disorder. Anxiety can be caused by a multitude of reasons such as home life, relationships issues, financial concerns and education.
Regarding education, children can feel very anxious as they face upcoming SATS, GCSE or A-Level exams and overwhelming pressure from teachers. In traditional schooling, an emphasis is often placed on grades and how they reflect the work of teachers rather than students. With students being pressured to achieve the highest grades, it can lead to them developing anxiety and finding it harder to focus on their school work.
They may develop GAD, as the anxiety they feel towards their schoolwork becomes so overwhelming that it’s a constant worry in their daily life. This anxiety can then transfer on to other situations where they feel like they need to gain control or do things a certain way because of the lack of control they feel in their education.
If you are concerned that your teenager may be suffering from anxiety, then keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating.
- Insomnia or waking in the night from nightmares.
- They are not eating properly.
- Quick to anger or irritability. They act out of control during outbursts.
- Constantly worrying or suffering from negative thoughts.
- Feeling tense and fidgety. May use the toilet often.
- Crying frequently.
- Acting clingy.
- Complaining of tummy aches and feeling unwell.
Why Online Homeschooling Helps
Removing your child from stressful and uncomfortable situations by transferring them into online homeschooling, can make a dramatic improvement in your child’s wellbeing. At Your Home Education, we can make your teenager feel and think more positively towards their education and feel willing to engage with their schoolwork. By removing the pressure and stress surrounding prep for exams, we allow teenagers to see the fun in learning and reach their full potential.
Our online learning platform enables teenagers to have the support they need to prepare for exams, complete assignments and revise without feeling overwhelmed. Our dedicated tutors want to see our students succeed, as they understand the necessity of developing vital skills for adult life. While grades are significant, we know that every student is different, and as long as they are working hard within their limits, then they should be proud of themselves. With these values in mind, Your Home Education strives to create a relaxed and supportive environment for your teenagers to learn in.
Check out our website to learn more about our tutoring services and our online learning platform. We believe online homeschooling is a great alternative mode of education for thousands of students who feel overworked, stressed and anxious in mainstream schooling. With our dedicated tutors, top-quality teaching methods and constant support, we make education fun and engaging for every student.