Anxiety in the Young

A national survey for the Prince’s Trust suggests that young people are anxious over recent political upheaval, job worries and low self-confidence. A sample of 2,215 aged 16-25 were polled and 58% reported that political events had made them fear for their futures, compared to only 41% a year ago.  It appeared that young people’s self-confidence is at its lowest ebb since the research began, some 8 years ago.

According to the research, carried out in November by YouGov for the Prince’s Trust Macquarie Youth Index:

  • 50% felt it was harder to get a job than a year ago
  • 42% felt traditional goals like home ownership or a steady job were unrealistic
  • 34% felt they would have a worse standard of living than their parents
  • 28% felt out of control of their lives.

The Charity reported that too many of the young people polled are demoralised and pessimistic, and 18% believing they would be unable to change their circumstances and 16% saying their lives would amount to nothing, no matter how hard they tried.

The figures also showed the lowest levels of confidence and happiness among young people in the eight years that this research has been carried out:

  • 12% said they did not know anyone who really cared about them
  • 45% were stressed about body image
  • 37% worried about coping at work or school.

These trends are concerning if representative of the nation’s young people.

Confidence levels were lowest among those who felt out of control, with almost two-thirds of this group blaming lack of self-confidence for holding them back.

At the Odyssey Partnership (Epsom Hypnotherapy) we are seeing more and more young people reporting anxiety issues and low self-esteem. Whilst a practical approach is needed in resolving perceived issues whether real or imagined, the anxiety issues need to be addressed.  If this resonates with you or a family member, we would be happy to talk through our approach to building self-esteem and lowering anxiety.

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