Irrational fears, constant worries

Most people experience stress and anxiety from time to time. Stress is the body's way of responding to any kind of mental or physical demand. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, persistent worry or uneasiness. It can be a reaction to stress or it can occur in people who are unable to identify significant stressors in their life. Stress and anxiety are not always bad. Example of a normal stress and anxiety include worrying about finding a job or feeling nervous before a big test. 

Academic-related stress commonly brings about feelings of anxiousness, which when not managed effectively, can negatively impact one's academic performance and emotional health. Competition amongst peers, having a high volume of homework or tuition tasks and experiencing high expectations from teachers and parents are common attributing factors to anxiety. Children and youth can benefit from learning emotional regulation and self-care strategies to prevent burnout. However, the pivotal strategy is managing one's expectation. Parents and caregivers can help by being positive role-models, affirming children's strength, crediting their efforts and emphasising the learning outcomes over results. 

If stress and anxiety interfere with a person's daily life, or if the person avoids situations due to irrational fears, constant worries, or feels overly anxious about a traumatic event after  weeks the actual incident has happened, it may indicate a more serious issue which needs to be evaluated with the support of a professional counsellor.

Hema Gurnani