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Anxiety and Better Mental Health

Tools and information for students dealing with anxiety

Resources for self management

Managing Anxiety

264 million people in the United States suffer from some form of anxiety. An estimated 31.1% of adults experience anxiety at some point in their lives, and an estimated 19.1% of adults dealt with an anxiety disorder at some point in the past year.

Coping strategies

Dealing with anxiety can be a difficult task. But there are tools you can use at home to help you mange your symptoms. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America recommends some of the following strategies in coping with anxiety. Here is a short list:

  • Take time out. Getting exercise (yoga, or taking a walk), practicing meditation and other mindfulness activities, and listening to music can help alleviate symptoms.  
  • Eat a well-balanced diet rich in health foods that provide energy. Try limiting your consumption of alcohol and caffeine, which can have affect your mental and physical state.
  • Try to get enough sleep.
  • Incorporate breathing techniques, like taking deep breaths to the count of ten. Pratt's Counseling Services has a page that collects a variety of breathing technique video and audio.
  • Learn what triggers your anxiety and try to look for patterns. Identifying the situations that make you anxious can help you find solutions.
  • Talk about it. If you are feeling overwhelmed talk to people you trust. In addition, if feelings of anxiety persist and/or get worse, do not hesitate to speak to a professional. 
  • Journaling can help release tension, and writing your thoughts down may help you figure out any patterns and triggers.

 

Read more
Article: Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress | Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Article: Tips | Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Article: Anxiety DisorderNational Institute of Mental Health
Blog post: 5 Tips for Navigating the Stress and Anxiety in College | Anxiety and Depression Association of America

 

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Anxiety tips for college students

Resources for Students

It is easy to becomes anxious trying to juggles the responsibilities of work, school, friends, and finding direction in life.  Unfortunately anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues on college campuses. 

Here are some tips to help manage anxiety and stress:

  • Time management and careful planning will help to ease the tension of meeting deadlines. Maintain open communication with instructors, and be open to feedback. According to Kathariya Mokrue, PhD, students should set realistic expectations for each phase of the semester. 
  • College is a new experience. Students who are used to having an active social life may struggle in a new environment. Try taking small steps toward approaching, rather than avoiding, situations that induce anxiety, including making new friends and trying new activities.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, talk about it—speak to friends, and if that doesn't help, speak to a counselor or other professional. (See the section on finding a counselor or therapist in this guide.)
  • Look for signs and symptoms that you may need help: procrastination, isolation or avoidance, loss of pleasure, changes in sleeping or eating habits, and physical symptoms may all indicate that additional care is needed.

 

Read more
Article: 5 Tips for Navigating the Stress and Anxiety in College | Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Blog post: University of Fear and Anxiety | Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Apps for Managing Anxiety

Apps for Anxiety

There are apps available with tools to help you manage anxiety. Watch the below video for a quick intro to several available apps.