University life for most people is a learning curve and you will experience every emotion possible. It can be really daunting and for some actually leading to dropping out. Let us help you in dealing with some of your anxieties and hopefully you’ll start feeling a bit better.
Count to five
When you start to feel anxious and your brain is working overtime, stop and count to five. It sounds so simple but it is a good way of distracting your brain so you can get your breathing under control.
Missing home is normal
Don’t go home at the first sign of missing home or experiencing anxiety. The weekends are good times to explore your city, get a part time job or see friends – if you go home, you’re missing out which can add to the stress you’re feeling. It helps you feel a lot more settled if you engage in social things – sometimes you just have to force yourself to be sociable.
Don’t drink too much alcohol
Sounds easier said than done right? It isn’t so much the actual drinking part, it’s the hangover the next day. Alcohol is a depressant and it can leave you feeling down and suffer from dehydration. It will save you money as well which will make you feel better.
Help the people around you
The best cure to anxiety is knowing that someone is there with you who feels the same. There’s nothing more comforting than knowing that someone feels the same as you. It will also make you feel better to know that you’ve helped someone else feel better. Don’t be afraid to talk about your experience to help and support others as it can be hugely rewarding.
Invite all your friends for dinner
A great way of enjoying yourself is inviting your friends round for dinner and having a good old natter. Talk about things and have a laugh with the people you’re closest to. It’ll be a great way of clearing your mind and distracting yourself.
Do some exercise
Getting out and doing some exercise will not only benefit your physical well-being but it will benefit your mental well-being. Exercise releases endorphins which will increase your natural feel good emotions. It’s a good release and a distraction to anything else you’ve got going on.
There’s loads of different things you can do from joining a gym, go for a walk/run, go to a dance class or take up football –anything that gets you moving is good!
Use your University services
There’s always someone to talk to. Go and speak to your student reps or go on your Student’s Union website to see if there’s anyone you can talk to about how you’re feeling.