Deana, a university student going through life's ups and downs! She enjoys being active, and going shopping, and also loves volunteering with mindyourmind!
I won't lie. I worry, and I worry a lot. I don't know why, but I do. I like to plan ahead most times, but I am pretty flexible.
Since it's the summer, that can mean the days are less structured, and the day just rolls along.
I try my best to have a plan of what I have to do and an order to do it in.
Here's how I keep myself busy and how I try to worry less:
1. I dedicate myself to something important
Like most teens I know I have a job.
It's really important for me to do the best work that I can while I'm there. I stay focused and am determined to do the best I can.
2. I get involved
This summer I have been making sure to include time for myself.
I have been getting together with friends and family.
I make sure to have enough time for myself, and to try new things.
3. I volunteer
During the school year, I volunteer my time with organizations on campus and in the surrounding community.
I know that this allows me to focus and not worry about other things while I am helping someone or something else out.
4. I try to figure out why I am worried about something
If I am worried about an upcoming test or assignment I will review what I have to do for it.
I will start part of the assignment so I feel like I got some done and can revisit it later with more confidence.
In that situation for example, I learn how to stop worrying about it, or ease the worrying.
5. I have fun
I make sure that I have time for myself. Even if it is just to go for a run on my own, or go for a walk.
Time by myself is extremely important to sort out my thoughts.
6. Talk to someone or something
Last but not least, remember that talking to someone or something (a pet or a stuffed toy) is not a weakness. Sometimes it can be all you need to calm your worries.
They can share their tips on what helps them keep busy and worry less.
- by Deana, age 20