9 Effective Strategies to Fight College Anxiety – by Fingerprint for Success
Before I give you these nine suggestions, remember that assistance is accessible to you. Consult a specialist if you’re worried about how much anxiety you’re experiencing. I’m not a specialist in mental health, but these suggestions were helpful to many other students and me. Please don’t rely on blog articles for anxiety relief or quick cures.
Organize everything into manageable steps
Don’t consider your academic career as a totality. On your journey to achieving your collegiate ambitions, take baby steps. Attend every lesson you have for the first week, and then consider that a success. Build on that initial achievement.
Consider the things that make you anxious and break them down into a series of easy stages. Pay attention to doing those little tasks. You gain momentum as you finish each step. You can advance in your college career by doing even the smallest things.
Accept it. Speaking to oneself. Make sure the words you use are encouraging. Tell yourself you’re successful, smart, and so on. Remind yourself that you can handle anything. You might use these as affirmations. Or simply resolve to speak kindly to yourself at all times. Your subconscious will accept these signals even if you don’t. Your conscious mind will eventually believe such signals to be true.
Get over previous failures
Everyone has made mistakes. But remember that despite that failure, disappointment, or pain, you persevered and kept moving forward. Although you can’t change the past, you can influence how it affects you in the present. Don’t dwell too long on these moments. Recognize that they did occur. But keep going and don’t let the past dictate your future. As you go through this process, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.
Try some deep breathing exercises or meditation
You can relax your nervous system by doing some deep breathing exercises or practising meditation.
Do a search online or on YouTube to discover different types of breathing and meditation techniques. My preferred method is straightforward:
I slowly inhale for five breaths, counting down from five to one. It’s a simple activity to do before a test or another difficult task. It relaxes my trembling body and clears my mind.
Find a workout you like, then do it! Running, walking, yoga, cycling, swimming, etc. are all forms of exercise that are good for your body and mind. It’s not necessary to engage in vigorous or high-impact exercise. Though you don’t have to, aim to exercise three times every week.
Choose a workout that will improve your ability to concentrate. I can’t tolerate using a treadmill since it always makes me consider other things I should be doing. I practice yoga because I simply pay attention to my movements and breath.
Assemble a network of reliable individuals for help
Speak with those who will hear you out without passing judgment. Consider other people, in addition to your family and friends, while making decisions.
Colleges offer counseling services. Ask your doctor for advice if you don’t feel comfortable seeing psychologists or psychiatrists at school. The thought of joining a support group is another. Connecting with people who share your experiences can be a little easier. As you overcome your nervousness, put your energy towards making connections with and conversing with people who genuinely want to assist you.
Consult your instructors
Let the lecturer know how you are struggling and if your anxiety is caused by the work you have to do in class. Professors will work hard to assist you and find you the academic support you need to do well in class.
They’ll probably suggest a tutor or assist you during office hours. Just don’t use fear as a justification for not giving your all in class. Numerous other anxious students perform admirably in the classroom.
By continuously monitoring your emotions, you can determine what stresses you
To keep track of your emotions, keep a notebook or log. I advise keeping a daily journal in which you record your activities. Additionally, if you experience an anxiety attack, note:
- What were your symptoms, both physically and mentally?
- What were your thoughts and feelings at the time?
- Where were you and what were you doing under the circumstances?
- Who was near you or with you at the time?
Monitoring your emotions will enable you to spot trends or circumstances that lead to high levels of stress. Following that, you can decide how to reduce or get rid of those stressors.
I overcame my fear of college and did well there. Not during the first semester or the first week of classes. I’m afraid I can’t tell you exactly when I finished it. Every day at college, I gained confidence and happiness. I was eager to learn and eager to try new things. I had no fear of them. It was a remarkable change for someone who wasn’t sure she could enter through the first set of doors.
I’m happy that I didn’t allow my fear to prevent me from receiving my diploma.
What advice do you offer to students who are anxious about college? Comment below with your thoughts.
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