Ways to cope with anxiety in college?
I struggle a lot with anxiety in school, especially when I get stressed out. It's been so bad my junior year that I had to drop a lot of extra-curriculars and one of my harder classes. Although it's been slowly getting better, I'm very concerned about the toll it will take on me once I hit college. What do colleges offer in the way of assistance for mental health issues like anxiety, and how beneficial are they? #college #mentalhealth #anxiety #anxiety-management #stress
First of all, I want to say that I admire the fact that you acted on your anxiety in a positive way. You took the steps that you needed to lift some of the triggers to your anxiety. Having a lot to do can often cause anxiety. Now, you just need to explore what triggers your anxiety and see about coping with it. I am here today because I am struggling with something at work. And no matter how I try to fix this element of the project that I am working on, I just get angrier and angrier. My emotions are out of whack. I had to step away. In this case, I am mentally stepping away to something that has nothing to do with my work. Stepping away can be a physical action as well. Walking can clear your mind and soothe the body. Racing thoughts can be quieted by putting your feet on the ground and moving, even if it is just around the block.
College does raise the anxiety level. Classes are harder. If you are moving away, it can be stressful to get comfortable in new places. I would say that the first thing that you need to do is develop of routine that fits you. Learn about what is the best time of day for you to study, be in class. What parts of the day do you begin to feel anxiety most acutely? How can you plan for those moments? The best thing that you can do for yourself is learn what you need at various moments. For example, I am best in the morning until about 2pm. So i begin work about 7am. That is when I do the hardest work because I am the most focused, creative, and confident. So in college, I loved morning classes, when learning something new felt easy. The worst was evening classes, especially those after 5pm. It was agony sitting there. Everything about those classes felt harder. I am a copious note taker. It is just me. I have to write a lot of things down. I even write things down when I am reading to help it stick. Another thing - join study groups. Hearing someone else's interpretation can help you form your own and strengthen your learning. Plus it is always nice to have someone to complain to if you are struggling in the same class. If you are struggling in a topic, ask for help. It is no use to struggle for days and days when you can simply ask someone for help.
Lastly, there is something to be said for being physical every day for anxiety. Walk, workout, play, dance. Whatever it is, keep your body moving.
College is stressful, but it will also be fun, exciting, life changing. Avoid getting too low or too high. Take it all in.
In terms of resources on campus for dealing with anxiety you can always look into a meeting with counselor who is specialized in disability counseling and resources. Depending on the school you go to there will be different options in terms of support. However, it would be best to meet with a counselor on campus to see if you can receive academic accommodations. Academic accommodations (based on disability or learning disorder) can mean receiving longer test taking time, extended homework deadlines, or external support resources. Learning to manage anxiety in college on your own can mean taking a minute to gather your thoughts, I use a meditation app as well, but it can be whatever works best for you. Don't be afraid to communicate with professors either! During undergrad I went through a really hard time during my last quarter and I was able to have an open dialogue with my professor and he was very accommodating based on the situation I was in and ultimately, his understanding, allowed me to graduate on time. Good luck trying out different personal methods for anxiety management and I hope all goes well once you get into a counselors office.
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Most importantly, keeping a thorough schedule of your time in advance allows you to take time for yourself. Schedule a self-care day once or twice a month where you don't do anything that taxes you. Treat yourself however can. Engage in your hobbies/interests or just vegitate. Be deliberate with your time, and life won't seem like such a whirlwind, which will reduce the anxiety you experience from being constantly pressed for time.
This is great question! I have dealt with a lot of anxiety during my college days and most of the things I did is spoke to my guidance counsellor. Talked to my sisters, get myself involved with activities that I really really like. I like to organise my things when Im anxious and stressed over my academics. Planning what I will do makes me feel empowered at the same time, I realised what needs to be done.
Are you spending all or a vast majority of your time studying and other activities related to your classes & major, and not enough time on social, recreational, and relaxational activities? If you determine yes, are you able to add in some "away from the books" time for activities such as exercise, time spent with friends and family, and simply time spent by yourself relaxing (watching TV, reading, music, etc.)? Do you have an overload of classes and coursework that others may find excessive and if so, consider reducing your course load to make your schedule more manageable. Or are you a perfectionist to where you're spending far more time than you really need to on your studies? If after this type of self-examination you're still having anxiety issues and unable to attain better balance, talk to family and friends and possibly a counselor. If your anxiety is serve enough that you're losing sleep, definitely seek professional help. Your college/university health center will likely have some resources available to help.
I experienced some mild anxiety in college on the flip side of everything I described above. My freshman year, I spent way too much time on social, recreational, and relaxational activities and not nearly enough on studying and other school-related activities. That resulted in not getting the grades I was capable of. After some "tough financial love" by my parents, I was able to shape up after my freshman year. I would recommend making it a priority as soon as you get to college to force yourself to budget study time and stick to your plan.
Even after my freshman year, I caused myself some unnecessary grief by waiting until a week (or even several days) before my next test in a subject to really start reading and studying that subject. I did fine and overall did the proper amount of studying; but it would've been much easier on myself if I just would've studied ratably throughout the semesters rather than bunching it up closer to test time!
Many large universities have assistance with coping with stress. It really depends on the university you go to. However, the best ways I coped with stress while I was in college was going to the gym and clearing my mind. A friend of mine picked up meditation, which he found very helpful. I've tried it a few times as well, following an App on my phone, and it is very helpful to just relax. I hope this helps!
Be sure to make time for yourself away from work/school.
Find things that make you laugh and smile.
Take lunch breaks and share a meal with others outside of your work.school area.
Go for walks outdoors on your breaks when possible.
Change your scenery to get out of an emotional rut.
Focus on life outside of work such as hobbies and friends.
Reflect on the good things in your job and your life.
Examine what you fear will happen and ask yourself whether it is an irrational fear.
The best advice that I can give it to speak with licensed psychologist for better analysis as they may refer you to a psychiatrist. I hope this helps a little as there are a lot of people that suffer with anxiety.