Whether you’re halfway through your program or just considering full-time education, anxiety is actually normal.
Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms?
- Unrealistic or excessive worry and fears or guilt
- Stomach upset, diarrhea, excessive dry mouth
- Dizziness, chronic tension headaches
- Racing heart, muscle tension.
Have you tried to cope in any of following ways?
- More caffeine
- Procrastination or avoiding contact with classmates or teachers
- Drinking your worries away
- Tackling other large unrelated projects
You may be tackling anxiety issues. If exams, assignments and classroom study make you feel anxious, just remember that you’re not alone. Anxiety—especially in college—is actually completely normal. What matters is how you cope.
Strategy #1 – Tackle the Source
Open your emails. Explain to your instructor what’s going on in your life. Make a plan to tackle your to-dos and keep yourself accountable. Communicate if you get stuck. Avoidance often makes anxiety worse. Open communication can help you adjust to the workload that comes with full time classes.
Strategy #2 – Take a Break
Work out. Take a walk. Catch up with friends and family. Watch a movie. Meditate. Read a book. Take a bath. Indulge in whatever ritual you enjoy because sometimes taking a few hours away from the source of your anxiety is enough to come back with fresh eyes and a new approach.
Strategy #3 – Treat Yourself with Compassion
Change is stressful. College can cause anxiety even among people who thrive on learning challenges. Remember that what you are feeling is valid. Don’t try to be perfect or fixate on your mistakes. The important thing is to be open and honest with yourself and keep moving forward towards new experiences.