College is a stressful time for people, but also super fun and educational. But, college can be even more stressful and difficult when you have anxiety (or any mental health issue for that matter).
Use Campus Resources
It is more than likely that you are paying tuition, right? Well if you are, then you are paying for the resources you can use to manage your anxiety. Whether it is Counseling and Psychological Services or Services to Students with Disabilities, there are many different places you can go for support. Even if you don’t have anxiety, you should definitely go to these resources and see what they offer. You’re already paying for it, so go use it.
This can be a sensitive part to talk about, but necessary. Some people have something that will trigger their anxiety. It’s certainly not random. It could be seeing a person who caused you harm, or not having someone with you during an uncomfortable moment. It could be a certain topic or a reminder of a past incident. Not every person’s anxiety is the same, and shouldn’t be treated the same. Figuring out what makes you anxious can help you start coping with it.
Do Some Self Reflection
You shouldn’t avoid thinking about your anxiety. You need to understand it, why and when it happens, and what you can do to help yourself. Self reflection is done to help your understanding, because when you understand what you are having to manage, it is an easier beast to battle.
Seriously, do it. This goes back to you using your resources. You shouldn’t have to manage this all by yourself, you can share with someone who can help you and give your support. You will be better off for it if someone has your back.
How did you handle stress and your mental health? Let me know below!