Most college students will face anxiety at some point in their school career. There’s so much to worry about, grades, tests, majors, and relationships with peers. Luckily, most schools will let you see a therapist on campus for free. However, there are some things you can do to manage anxiety in college.
Understand What Causes Your Anxiety
Are you taking a really hard course? Is it your roommate? You will need to know the source of your anxiety in order to treat it. If it’s something like a major test you have soon, that is temporary. However, if you are always uncomfortable somewhere or with someone on campus then that is a long lasting issue.
Get an Outlet
Finding a healthy outlet for your anxiety is the most important thing you can do. You might have considered partying to make yourself feel better, but that is not a healthy way to manage anxiety. You might enjoy things like journaling or make art. Here are some things to try:
- DIY projects
Whenever you are overwhelmed, try using your outlet to help. Athletic and creative endeavors should help you relieve tension and focus on the task at hand, rather than your anxiety.
If you are always anxious about everything you have to do, so as homework, tests, and other appointments, take the time to get some organization in your life. Invest in a nice planner that you will actually use and write everything down. There are also some decent free apps to do this on your phone. Make sure you create to do lists and check things off when they are done. This will give you a sense of accomplishment.
It’s natural to be anxious in college but there are things you can do to help. In addition to those listed above, make sure you get enough rest and try to eat healthily. If you are still feeling overwhelmed, make sure to reach out to someone with the resources available to you on campus. You are not alone.