You Are Not A Child Anymore
When a teenager starts high school often this is the beginning of new experiences, new experiences are one of the major triggers of anxiety issues in teenagers. This is the point in every child’s life where major changes happen very quickly for them, this is where a child goes from being a child to a young adult. When you start high school often you are separated from your old friends from grade school and junior high, often this is where your childhood friends and you have chosen different paths in your studies.
High School Stress
In my opinion and from my own experience, high school was when my anxiety issues became the most severe and even new issues had begun. Most teenagers in high school have not developed any coping skills mainly because they have not been exposed to any amount of constant stress, this is where the most healthy children adjust to their new lifestyle. For any children whose parent had realized, they had emotional problems and helped them learn to cope when a child will be much better prepared for young adulthood. I highly recommend any parents reading this article seriously consider developing good coping skills in your children at a young age, this is just smart preparation for your child’s future.
High School Popularity
Being popular and well liked with tons of friends in high school is very important to many teenagers, when I was in high school I preferred to not stick out so being popular was not something I cared all that much about. I grew up in a rural farm area, being a loner was nothing new to me so the lack of attention from the other students did not affect me. My anxiety issues at this time were already affecting my life, I already had low self-esteem and being the center of attention was not pleasant for me. I was luckier than many other students with similar issues, I was not one of the non-popular kids which the school bullies chose to pick on. I also had an anxiety disorder called “Selective Mutism”, which went along with my social anxiety problems. This disorder caused me to talk very seldom when in social settings, it was not that I chose not to talk. With this disorder you become so severely anxious you are not able to communicate well in social settings, it;s like your brain goes dead you can not think of anything to say.
Gender And Popularity
Since I was not one of the popular kids in high school this part of my article will be from my research, being popular has its positive and negative sides. It seems being popular is more important to teenage girls than teenage boys, a common fact is teenage girls experience more stress in high school to be in the right groups and a part of the right crowd. Girls at this age are more vulnerable to worrying about acceptance and being popular, having a large network of friends for girls is something they seem to need in high school. The majority of the boys has a smaller network of friends, boys just are not as social as girls at this age.
Characteristics Of Popular Kids
I have learned through life there is always a positive and negative side to everything we experience, healthy teens will automatically see the positive side of being one of the popular kids in high school. I realize now I did everything within my power not to be popular in high school, just the thought of being the center of attention brought out many anxious feelings and thoughts in me. Even though I had a small network of classmates who considered me a friend, in my eyes I had no real friends these kids were just classmates to me. These are some of the characteristics the popular kids in high school seemed to have going for them, many of these kids put on a good act despite how they really felt on the inside.
Happy Go Lucky
Above Average Appearance
Well To Do Family Lifestyle
Characteristics Of The Not So Popular Kids
Believe it or not, there is a negative side of being one of the popular kids in high school. Once you create this image you have a lot of pressure on you to keep that image all through high school. Most these kids put a lot of extra pressure on themselves just to have this image, they are expected to be positive role models to the rest of the school. They have much pressure on them to be perfect students in every way, they are especially looked up to by the students who are not in their social class. Crazy when you think about putting all that extra stress in your young life just to be popular, here is a list of the characteristics of the not so popular kids.
Followers Or Loners
Average Family Status
High School Stress Symptoms
High school is stressful enough without putting more stress on yourself than you really need too, joining all the right clubs and being with the right crowd can cause teenagers more stress then they are able to handle without good coping skills. Deep breathing exercises and relaxation techniques are something every person should know and understand, these are exceptionally required to be able to cope with the stress we will be exposed to the rest of our lives. Some of the symptoms teenagers have shared they experience in high school from stress are.
Lack Of Concentration
Negative Feelings & Thoughts
Lack Of Motivation
Loss Of Interests
Loss Of Appetite
Is Popularity Worth It
If I had it to do all over would I wish to be one of the popular kids in high school ? I would not recommend any high school student change who they really are just to be popular. The right groups and the right crowd with a large network of friends, now are all those people in your network actually your friends? For most teenager’s if they are lucky one or two people might be true friends in their entire network , just be yourself and save so much unneeded stress while in high school. If you insist on creating a high image to be popular, you better prepare yourself and learn good coping and relaxation skills.
Fun Product Of The Day
Since this is an anxiety-free website, it only makes sense to me to provide you one fun product on each article to brighten your day. This is my way of giving you something positive each day before you leave my website, stay positive and have a great day.
What Is On My Mind Today
My article today is to help parents and teenagers realize how serious high school stress is for young adults, you must find good methods to cope with your stress. Being well liked is something we all desire no matter our age, but really if you’re going to have to be someone else and be involved in activities and groups your not really into what is the sense. Please take care of your emotional health, the mind is so important for you to be able to function and enjoy the things you in your life.