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I am always overwhelmed I need help with being calm. What can I do to calm myself

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I am a first year college student trying to move out since my home environment isn’t always the best it just adds to my anxiety. It’s quite difficult since I can only have a part time job. #college #adulting

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Whitney’s Answer

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As a freshman, I was often in your same position. My best advice would be to make sure you schedule time for self care whether its a skin care night or having fun with friends. I also suggest finding a support system with friends that you can vent to. Just talking about what is going on in my life has really helped me process what is going on and how I can work to better my situation.
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Michelle’s Answer

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Hi Desiree,

Being a freshman in college can be overwhelming. One of the ways I deal with anxiety is confiding with other people, whether it be strangers, friends or a community. Sometime knowing that other people are going through the same feelings make you feel less alone. In addition, I recommend finding a hobby or activity that will keep your mind off things that do cause you anxiety. Some people like to do physical activities like running or lifting and some people like less physical activities like meditating. Choose something that works for you. On the financial side of things, I recommend utilizing the school resources as much as possible. There many hidden financial aid or scholarships around. Hopefully the school will help you out.
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Kori’s Answer

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Hi Desiree, I can completely relate to the anxious feeling you are having as a new college student. I found that seeking out groups and organizations to get involved in was extremely helpful, with navigating the stressors of being a college student. Other students are a great resource because they will usually be having the same feelings as you, and they can be a good resource for dealing with difficult situations. Also meeting with financial services to help give you options and maybe even a financial plan.
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Kim’s Answer

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Desiree,

Only you know how bad things really are at home. If it's just a lot of yelling and anger, but nothing physical, it is still emotionally exhausting. So, assuming you want to continue to make school your first priority, I'd say try to stay out of the house as much as possible. Library time, work, etc. If you can do that.

If the situation is BAD, then you need to think about you. That might mean working full time and going to school part time. Or, maybe taking a break from school until you get established on your own.

Take advantage of counseling services to help sort this out. Family problems are way too complicated to have to deal with by yourself. Many of us have been there.

Best of luck to you!
Kim
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Janea’s Answer

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Hey Disiree,

I remember being in college and having the same emotions as you do. It's a whole new world; you're around a lot of people from all walks of life and different age groups. However, you asked about ways to stay calm throughout this time in your life, and I would say have a support group or have that one go-to person who you can vent too. It will make everything better; you taking this step should is also a great accomplishment to seek help. Hopefully, this is calming for you to get all these beautiful responses from people that really care or once been throughout it and shedding light on the situation.
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Erik’s Answer

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Any type of schooling can be frustrating and stressful. There are so many obstacles that can knock you off your path. The great thing about school is that others are in the same boat as you are. We are all human and need some type of coping mechanism when we feel stressed. You can talk to your friends. Call you relatives. Maybe go out for a walk. I too was under a lot of pressure from my parents and my outlet was sports and confiding to friends. What do you enjoy in life? What makes you smile? I would lean towards that in times of anxiety. Also, therapy is always available. I think therapy gets a very bad reputation because no one ever likes to admit they have a problem. Talking to someone is always the best answer, even if it's a professional.
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Ally’s Answer

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Find a support system that you trust and can share your feelings with, one or two people (or even a counselor, which might be available free at your school). Getting that feeling off your chest to someone who will just listen and not try to solve anything helps. Also, ask around for anyone looking for a roommate which will get you a cheaper living situation you can afford with a part time job. Hang in there, it gets better!
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