I’m an anxious person. Like, faint and hit the ground anxious. I take medication for it, which helps manage the problem at large, but there’s no cure to keep small anxieties away. College is a stressful time and can cause people who have never had much experience with anxiety, to struggle with it. These are some ways that I have found prove successful in managing my anxiety.
1. Look For The Source
Anxiety is your body’s way of telling you that you’re in danger. It’s a necessary function, say, when you’re walking down a dark alley alone. But sometimes our nervous system goes on overdrive and makes us uneasy when we don’t really have a reason to be. Try to check in with your body and see if you can find the source of what is making you anxious. Are you homesick? Worried about an exam? If you can locate the source, it will be easier to get rid of it.
2. If You Know The Source, Work On It
If you’re homesick, try setting up a FaceTime date with your family (and your dog, of course). If you’re worried about an exam, make a study plan, so that you feel more confident in your ability to do well. Do what you can to tell your mind that you aren’t in danger, and that everything will be okay.
3. Rewatch A Show
Rewatching shows is my go-to for anxiety. I’m a lifer when it comes to watching Friends. I find that watching something that I have already seen is much more relaxing than watching a show that I’m unfamiliar with.
4. Draw or Color
Doing anything artistic or creative is really helpful for relaxation. Drawing tends to stress me out because I’m not artistically inclined, but coloring is really soothing to me. Here is a really cool motivational/swear word coloring book, so that you can color like an adult!
5. Work Out
Yeah, the gym definitely doesn’t ease my anxiety either. But there are other ways to work out! College gyms often have fitness classes like yoga, Zumba, spin, etc. You can also go for a run or walk, alone or with a friend. There are endless possibilities, but getting your body moving is a great way to get serotonin flowing to boost your mood and lower stress levels.
Pinterest is my favorite way to distract myself online. I find that mindlessly scrolling through social media can leave me feeling fuzzy-headed and upset with how much time I lost. But on Pinterest, time is not wasted when you spend two hours building your dream home! If you’re an avid Pinner check out my page, I’m seriously obsessed with making and perfecting new boards.
Sometimes when you’re anxious, it can help just to let it all out. Journaling is extremely therapeutic and helps you release things that you may not even realize are weighing heavy on you. Here is my all-time favorite journal!
I hope that I was able to provide you with something new to try out on your anxiety, I know how tough it can be to deal with. Let me know what your favorite ways of dealing with anxiety in college are! ♡
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