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How to Get Mentally Ready for College 

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Making sure you have all of your belongings packed and checked before your next semester at college starts is important, but don’t forget that you need one more thing to be done. Get mentally ready for college.

Yes, it might be even more crucial than buying all the pencils and notebooks – if you are in the wrong place mentally, you will face hard times in college. But what does ‘mentally prepared for college’ mean and how to do it? This blog post will tell you everything about this topic. Let’s get started.

Mental Health of College Students

As our last blog post was focused on mental health and anxiety among students, you might want to check it out in order to understand how to approach your anxiety when you are in college. In this blog post, we continue the topic of students’ mental health and the necessity to spread awareness of how much of a problem different mental struggles might be for young adults.

In order to be successful in your academic career, and be a happy person with less stress in your life, you need to pay attention to your mental health. And while you can and should turn to competent specialists, there are still a lot of things that you can do yourself in order to improve your quality of life, including mental health. 

When another semester starts, and you go back to your studies after a break, maybe leaving your home for the first time, it’s important to make sure you know how to switch and get yourself ready for all the studies, stress, and brainstorms, etc. Why is it so important?

Freshmen Anxiety

Many freshmen face huge stress when going to college because they don’t know what to expect or maybe they have some vision of what their life in college should be like but it doesn’t meet their expectations. That’s why the first two or three weeks might be harsh for a new college student. There is so much you need to learn and so much you need to adjust to. No surprise, it’s stressful. 

And when your summer break ends and your daily routine suddenly changes with all the haste, responsibility, and workload, it’s also not surprising that your system might not be ready for it. Here, you can face sleep deprivation, nervousness, panic attacks, mood swings, bad memory, lack of focus, and other symptoms. So, it’s important to make yourself mentally ready for college.

Learn How to Plan 

A lot of stress and problems can be omitted with simple planning. As long as you know how to plan your time and break larger tasks into smaller ones, you train your nervous system like a muscle. You learn that even the most challenging tasks can be successfully finished once you have two things on hand – an adequate amount of time ahead and some understanding of what you need to do and what steps you need to take.

You don’t want additional stress, so don’t put your assignments aside until the very last moment, otherwise, your everyday life will be full of stress that could be easily avoided.

Embrace Your Fears

Think about the things that you are afraid of about college. Maybe you are afraid of your peers making fun of you or missing a paper deadline? Think of these negative scenarios and try to live them through. Once you do that, you might feel much more confident because at least now you can think of some nice ways out.

Moreover, sometimes you just need a little imagination and the ability to look at various situations from a different point to understand that there is nothing to be afraid of and it’s not the end of the world.

This method is also a part of planning as it allows you to think through how to cope with challenges, stress, and some negative situations. It might teach you how to cope ahead and learn your lessons without even getting into trouble. By imagining a situation where you submit an unfinished paper, you learn the consequences and can avoid them by putting more effort into paper writing. Or paper ordering as we can not let you get into such a horrible situation.

Think of Your Support System

It’s crucial to come up with a good plan of what you are going to do in case you feel too overwhelmed, too depressed, or too emotionally exhausted during your semester. It might be some hobby, rituals that soothe you, like taking a bath, or a person who you can turn to in case of need and talk about your struggles.

In both good and poor ways, the first semester or year of college can be overwhelming, and you might occasionally need to talk to people other than your college friends and classmates. Keep in touch with the people in your life who have your best interests at heart and are there for you when you need help, despite how ready you are to be independent.

Research Campus Before Your Classes Start

We all stress a lot when everything around us is new and unfamiliar. Trying to find the right class when you don’t even know where you are now is definitely overwhelming. And while we all need some time to get used to changes and we all need to take step by step, it’s better to make sure you walk around the campus to explore before you are rushing between your classes.

It’s great if you have an opportunity to explore your campus and visit all the buildings during the visit or welcoming days. It will allow you to feel much more confident later in the semester.

 

Tips for Students With Anxiety

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Anxiety can really be hard to cope with. Being a student who suffers from anxiety is nothing like cakes and butterflies as in addition to stress and pressure you have some personal difficulties that you need to beat every single day. Penn State study reports that more than 60% of college students deal with anxiety and name it their main health concern. Scary statistics. However, we are absolutely sure that a lot can be done to make the situation better. Here are a few tips that will hopefully help you cope with anxiety throughout your college years.

Stay Committed to Self-Care

College life sometimes makes us push our boundaries and learn a lot of new things and not only in a classroom. Learning how to take care of yourself and regulate your regime, hygiene, diet, routine, and finances is crucial not only because it’s important for your physical health but for mental wellbeing as well.

Sleep

Managing your day sometimes helps a lot in managing your anxiety. For example, a healthy and consistent sleep pattern will definitely make it easier for you to complete your daily tasks and stay focused during classes. Create a routine and try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. Healthy sleep is everything to a student as it allows your brain to work productively and cope with stress faster and easier.

Diet

Consumption of alcohol, junk food, caffeine, and sugar is very high among students. And it’s not surprising as sometimes these are the things that help you stay awake longer or have a fun time partying. However, they don’t help to cure your anxiety.

Make sure you take care of your diet and work on eating healthy. Meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, dairy, and cereals – should be the basis of your healthy meals as they contain protein, healthy fat, vitamins, and elements to support your nervous system. Not always need to take additional supplements to keep yourself healthy – pay attention to what you eat and your mental health will thank you.

Exercises

In order to relieve stress and keep yourself energized you need to incorporate at least mild physical activity. Some exercises, yoga, workout, swimming, biking, or even an everyday walk in the fresh air will make a huge difference. Once you stay active in between your studies, you help your system release 

Don’t Run Away

The first thing that comes to mind when facing stress is to avoid it. It might make you skip classes or avoid being among your peers, stay in your room, etc. However, this is the wrong strategy as it will only make it harder for you to continue your college journey.

Of course, skipping a class because you face anxiety is tempting. It’s only one class, right? But the more you do it, the less motivation you have to continue studying. Think of all the hard work that you have done and how it all can be wasted. We don’t want that for you.

So, make sure you have the right approach in order to cope with stress and anxiety instead of avoiding it. The first step is to acknowledge the problem. If you are reading this article, you might have already done that – you know you need to do something in order to make your college years better and not let anxiety ruin this experience.

Try Breathing Techniques

Breathing exercises are very effective when it comes to anxiety. You can try them whenever you feel overwhelmed, stressed, or scared. Inhale slowly through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds and exhale through your mouth. Do it slowly and deeply. Listen to your heartbeat and try to calm down – tell yourself that nothing bad is going to happen to you. Continue breathing until you feel better.

Journaling Might Be Very Helpful

Sometimes you just need to let your thoughts, emotions, and fears out. This is when journaling might come in handy. Create a habit of saving half an hour every day to write down a few things about what’s going on with your mental health, how you feel, what was interesting and new that you encountered, and what the whole day was about. This is a simple, yet very effective method to cope with emotions and anxiety. It helps you feel that you can control yourself and that you can always let them out by writing. Many great authors discovered their talents because of journaling during hard periods of their lives. You might also discover your hidden talent as a bonus to useful exercise.

Wrapping Up+

Facing anxiety as a college student is not something extraordinary or rare. Don’t be scared or ashamed as many other students walk the same path as you do – the worst thing now that you can do is to shelter out and block yourself from the outer world. Be sure to check if there is someone on campus who you can talk to – it might be a college advisor, mental health specialist, or even some groups for students with similar problems. Don’t be afraid to seek help or talk to other people about how you feel – it will help you manage your emotions.