Whether you're in-state or out-of-state, anxiety is something a majority of college students have to deal with at some point or another during their lives. Especially for someone like me, who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, being away from home doesn't make it any easier. But you only get so many absences before your anxiety starts taking over. So, here are my 3 tips for dealing with anxiety in college.
1. Keep something from home with you.
For me, this is a bracelet that my boyfriend gave me before I left. Small things can be the most helpful, since you can carry them around with you. Some people might have a picture of their loved ones or a note. Anything that makes you feel happy and reminds you of someplace that feels like your home will help. It will also help to make your dorm feel as much like home as possible.
2. Download a meditation app.
One of the first things I did when I got to school was download the app Calm. It plays white noise in the background like pouring rain or a forest, and there are meditation programs you can listen to that really help to center yourself and remind you of what's going on.
3. Don't be afraid to talk to people!
I have friends in almost all my classes, I met them thanks to Welcome Week. Don't be afraid to leave your dorm door open during then. I met a lot of my friends by leaving my door open and having "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" on. Everyone really is in the same spot as you, and I promise you'll feel much more at home with a few friends in your building.
There are honestly so many more ways to help cope with your anxiety in college, whether its high-functioning like mine is, or any other types. Cope however works for you, every form of anxiety is different. I'm not saying that these are the only ways to deal with how you feel, and I'm not saying your feelings are invalid. You are completely allowed to have anxiety. Don't ever feel like you have to suffer alone. Talk to someone. You're not alone, I promise.
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