How to Manage Anxiety While at University
University should be one of the best times of any student’s life. However, it is not without its challenges. If you are someone who already suffers from an anxiety disorder, the hectic pace of university life can exacerbate the situation.
The good news is that if you prepare yourself appropriately beforehand, you will be in a good position to take on any challenges that your university experience does throw at you. Above all else, remember you are not the first student to go through this, and you won’t be the last.
Here are some simple tips that you can use to manage your anxiety and enable yourself to focus on enjoying your time at university.
Sort Out Accommodation Well in Advance
The type of accommodation that you have will have a significant impact on how you spend your downtime. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety, this can play a significant role in your overall well-being. For example, if you are having a panic attack and don’t have anywhere to go except for the noisy and crowded student halls where you live, that’s not an ideal situation for someone with anxiety.
On the other hand, if you have a comfortable and quiet room to go back to, you can face your anxiety with confidence, knowing that you have an escape route. For many students, it is worth spending the extra money for better accommodation.
For example, compare these Water Lane apartments Collegiate offers to the usual Student Flats Bristol has to offer. Collegiate provides high-quality student accommodation throughout the UK. Their student apartments provide the ultimate luxury experience.
Find a Hobby
Eventually, no matter what course you are studying at university, you are going to find yourself with a lot of work to complete and what feels like very little time to complete it in. It is important that you have something other than your university studies to occupy your time. You should try and find a hobby, or join a social club at university. Socialising can be difficult when you have an anxiety disorder, but it is much better than the alternative, which is spending most of your time alone.
Don’t Keep Things Bottled Up
If you do find yourself struggling emotionally, it is important that you let someone know. If you have a solid support network of friends and family, then don’t be afraid to take advantage of it.
However, if you are struggling and also feeling alone, and you don’t have anyone obvious to turn to, you should see what services your university has made available. Every university will have some form of student support available on campus, and this should be your first port of call.
Starting at university is a challenge for anyone. However, people who are already predisposed towards anxiety will find plenty to trigger their worries and are particularly susceptible to the stresses of the environment. Fortunately, as long as you prepare yourself and stay on top of your mental health, university should be the best time of your life.