Anxiety about our political situation has increased according to reports. And its not surprising given the uncertainty about such a major change such as leaving the EU, and the mess that the politicians have made of it. None of us know how it will impact on our future, many have specific fears about their businesses, or their lives elsewhere in Europe.
There hasn’t been much talk of how this impacts on the younger generation, who we know are more likely to want to stay in the EU and are much more used to diversity and different cultures – and to take advantage of them by travel and studying and working abroad.
One major cause of anxiety among under 18s is uncertainty and a fear of the future. The teens are a period of rapid change, both internally and in their lives.
We move from junior to senior school to University, training and work, taking exams throughout, which we know are important and influence the direction we take. In some past periods we have entered the job market in a recession, which is worrying enough. But we’ve never for decades presented our youth with such a dismal vision of the future as now.
And added to that, young people (currently under 21) weren’t able to vote in such an important decision, which makes them feel helpless and possibly angry.
So how do we cope with uncertainty? Bounceability has a Fear Busting Strategy to help:
- Firstly lean in to the fear – reflect on what exactly is scary about uncertainty
- Accept that you can’t ever control everything about your life, but focus on what is in your control
- If you get anxious, do your breathing exercises, which will calm you
- There are confidence exercises in Session 3 of Bounceability which will help
- And in Session 2 we learn to think a different thought – like ‘We are all in the same boat’ and ‘As we get older we can change things together’
- Get together with like-minded others. Movements are powerful things, and as young people get together online, its amazing what changes you can make.
We’re always going to worry a bit about the future. It is part of caring about ourselves, our family and friends. Remember there have been challenging times in previous generations, such as World Wars, and we survived and flourished.
Distancing can help give us perspective about a problem by helping us to step away from it, depersonalising. This helps us to take a problem-solving approach to break through the grip of anxiety.
And a global, helpful thought is always, ‘We will be ok.’ Reassure your kids that they will be ok.