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Uncertainty is the emotion that we experience when we are unsure. When we feel unsure about what the future will bring, we experience uncertainty. Covid-19 is creating uncertainty for many young people because it affects their lives.

Uncertainty can cause anxiety, anger, sadness, or depression. When you are uncertain, you may procrastinate and avoid decision-making.

What can I do when I feel uncertain?

You cannot control what the future will bring but can control how you respond to the situation.

A body scan is one way to relieve yourself from the feeling of anxiety quickly. Considering that you are truly in non-threatening and safe surroundings.

  • Take a slow deep breath and scan for your body's physical sensations.

  • Take your time to slow down and describe your feelings while checking in with thoughts and tuning into your body. Once you can identify the unhelpful thoughts, feel free to change them by finding alternative thoughts.

It is important to take action and do something within your control. This can allow you to start planning different options for yourself. Also, talk to trusted family about your situation to get feedback.

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Nurture their #greatyoungminds

This is a question I got asked by one of my young students. “How can I tell if I should get help for a friend?”

These kinds of situations are difficult. It can be a very worrying and tough call for young people. There is no easy answer. Understand that, as a young person, you are learning to understand your mind and emotions, let alone a friend that might be suffering. Remember, do not worry alone and give yourself a break.

For example; If you believe your friend is struggling with a problem, but you do not want them to be mad at you for telling others about them, and you care about this person, it is better to risk your friendship if it means that your friend gets the help that they need.

How can I tell if they need help or if I am making it worse than it is?

Our minds can rationalize any situation or deny the existence of a problem. Trust your instincts and act towards what is within your control if you believe and agree to support your friend. It can be challenging and a big responsibility for a young person to deal with certain situations independently without the help of one good adult #onegoodadult.

Who should I talk to?

Get help for your friend by telling an adult who you trust. Consider talking to a teacher, a school counselor, a clergy member, or your parents.

I cannot stay off social media even though it stresses me out. Why do I do this?

Young people need to learn how they relate to people, places, animals, and everything in general. This life skill helps you learn to be adventurous, open-minded, and know when to let things go.

Of course, we all need to connect with other people. This bond can create a feeling of trust and a bond of friendship and support in our relationships.

Phones and social media applications are designed to be addictive when used loosely. Many young people have feared being without a mobile device, “nomophobia.” And yes, social media can make it easy to network and connect with others. It still creates an unnatural force that can be unhelpful for young people. Not only that, it can be unsafe and attracts cyberbullies.

It also discourages adolescents from developing confidence in their communication skills. Adding to an intense fear of situations or talking to people.

For example, young people who rely on social media to connect with others can then feel awkward in face-to-face situations. Social media users often say things they would not say to a person’s face. This can create a feeling of stress and social anxiety, which is a well-being issue.

What can I do to stop feeling stressed out?

  • You have to believe you can survive with or without a mobile phone.

  • Limit your time on social media and spend more time with other people, friends, and families. Developing new interests and staying active can also help.

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