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How do I stop worrying when I don't need to?

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It is really common for teens to have a lot of worries. Over time, these can build up and start to feel very overwhelming. This can often happen to teens as this period of our lives is when we undergo a lot of important changes whilst we are doing our best to work out who we are and our place in the world. It is really difficult to control what thoughts we have moment to moment, so preventing worries is hard. What we can do though is think about how we respond when we notice that we are worrying about something or a few things.

One of the ways we can do this is by talking to other people as this can be really helpful by allowing us to get something off our chest. This can help us feel less overwhelmed, particularly if we are worrying about a problem that feels really big or we have more than one thing we are concerned about.

There are lots of people and places that you can get help from, including: a school counsellor or wellbeing coordinator, a teacher, your parents or guardians, friends or a support service.

I’ve suggested some services below that you could contact if you’re feeling overwhelmed or would just like to talk. There are really friendly, trained people available to help who would love to talk to you and provide some support and strategies to help you manage stress.

  • You can talk to Kids Helpline via their web chat or on the phone by visiting www.kidshelpline.com.au or calling 1800 551 800. They have counsellors who will be very happy to chat with you 24 hours a day.
  • headspace is a fantastic service to talk to about getting help. Visit www.eheadspace.org.au or 1800 650 890.
  • Lifeline – www.lifeline.org.au or 13 11 14.

Relationships Australia Victoria provides counselling for children, young people and families in our centres in Melbourne and regional Victoria. These include Ballarat, Boronia, Cranbourne, Greensborough, Kew, Sunshine, Shepparton and Traralgon. You can find out more about our counselling service on the connectEDspace website here.

 

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