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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. 

 

Tips on Beating Back-to-School Anxiety

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Going back to school when a new semester starts, especially after a long summer break, might be a little nervous. We all tend to adjust as time goes by, so you should not worry that the whole semester will be as hard as its beginning. However, there are some things you can do to make the transition to a new study routine as quickly and easily as possible and avoid excessive stress.

Why Does Anxiety Occur?

Whenever we face changes in our everyday routine, our brain has to get used to them, and it’s not always a seamless process. After a long time with no homework, no assignment deadlines, and lots of free time, we have to go back to our campuses and deal with various challenges that our colleges prepare for us. It’s no surprise that many college students (studies say up to 40%) deal with anxiety disorder and even depression. This number rises each year because of many reasons, such as:

  • The rise of student loans sums
  • Wrong major pick
  • The lack of job opportunities available for students
  • The pandemic and difficulties caused by it

The pandemic brought a lot of changes to the education system. It means that many learning institutions had to adjust to new rules, which significantly influenced students and their lives on/off-campus. Many changes happen at the beginning of a new semester or even right in the middle of it, which also affects students’ mental health.

Many students also face financial difficulties because of the pandemic and the lack of open vacancies on the market. This situation doesn’t make studying any easier and only increases stress levels among students, resulting in:

  • Bad memory
  • Sleeplessness
  • Headaches
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulties with concentration

We have found a few tips for you on how to beat back-to-college anxiety and improve your mental health throughout this tough yet exciting period. Let’s get started.

Create a Schedule and Make Plans

In order to avoid feeling misplaced or torn away from college life, you should definitely check for the upcoming events that you would like to attend and include them into your schedule for the next few months. Don’t view it as an obligation to socialize, though – you should not force yourself to attend these places. However, making plans for a month or two will boost your optimism as it makes unclear future less chaotic and unexpected. Many people find detailed weekly and daily plans as an instrument to calm down when there are too many new things and people around. In its turn creating a such a plan with important events included will remind you of great opportunity to relax and have fun in the middle of a stressful beginning of a new semester. You might probably regret later not going to that welcoming party, so be sure to put it on your list of at least considered to be attended events.

Take Care of Yourself

Many people admit that anxiety makes them neglect self-care as a part of their daily routine. It’s not uncommon for people who are stressed to forget about taking a shower or eating regular healthy meals. If you feel like you don’t do enough for yourself because of your anxiety or might do it in the future, put self-care on your list of daily priorities. Sometimes you need a reminder such as “take a shower before bed,” even if it sounds silly. Believe us; there is nothing silly if it works for you.

You might find workouts a great stress-reliever. Make sure you check which options you have, such as sports clubs, yoga sessions, or a gym near the campus. Many colleges also have health programs available for their students, which might give you an opportunity to be involved in a sports life right on your campus.

Eating healthy meals as well as having a good sleep is the basis of healthy life. Unfortunately, many students live on instant noodles and fast food, snacks, chocolate bars, and sodas. You can plan your grocery purchases ahead, writing down a list of healthy products, to find out that eating healthy isn’t that expensive as it seems to be at first glance. Even if you don’t have all necessities to cook while you are living in a dorm room, there are plenty of healthy recipes available for you to master.

Find Your Helper

There are multiple techniques that help people beat their anxiety. The problem is – you never know what helps you until you try it. Here are a few things that you should try:

  • Start a diary to organize your thoughts. Many people use dairy as an instrument that helps organize thoughts, review them and eliminate ones that are destructive or obsessive. In other words, diaries can help “declutter” your head and move forward.
  • Try calming breathing techniques.
  • Talk to a psychologist online.
  • Find a new hobby that will distract you from anxious thoughts.
  • Try meditation, yoga, or aromatherapy.
  • Find an online buddy who you can talk to. The trick is to find a person who is far from you and your setting. This way, you will talk less about people who you study with or college classes that you attend – you will distract a little from your daily life, and your anxiety will eventually decrease.

The best decision will also be to communicate with mental health service at your learning institution or talk to a specialist outside of your campus. They can help you with your problems with professional and effective advice.

 

How to Find Inner Confidence and Stay Calm as a Freshman

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Being new to the college might be stressful and frustrating. When you need to get used to many new things in your life as well as find new friends and learn how to take care of yourself on your own – everything seems to be even harder to manage than usual. Don’t be afraid or worried. This is the situation that many students face as freshmen. What you really need to do is to stay calm and find inner comfort. It’s not that easy, especially because of the pandemic. But we have some useful tips for you. So, let’s get started.

Introduce Yourself to as Many People as Possible

Yes, it might be frightful at first, but you should really motivate yourself to learn more about new people around you and introduce yourself to as many of them as possible. Never be afraid to approach a person and start a conversation; later you will thank yourself for coping with your shyness.

When you are a freshman, everything seems so hard and even impossible to remember, manage, and avoid being lonely. But believe us, everything is manageable when you have some people you cat trust and ask for help. This is why you really need to find some good friends as soon as possible.

Not all of the people you meet as a freshman are going to become your friends for the rest of the college or even your life, but you will definitely benefit from having a lot of contacts. Some of them might be great listeners; others can help socialize and get used to college party life. Don’t waste your time – meet new people as they are your chance to start enjoying your college life more even if now it seems impossible.

Spend Quality Time with Yourself

Self-care is an important piece of our life that makes us happy and productive, energizes us, and helps us cope with stress. What you really need as a freshman is a little bit of time for yourself and an understanding that you are the priority for yourself.

Having a lot of tasks on your to-do list might badly affect your concentration and your mental health. Make sure you sleep well and take regular breaks. Also, make sure you do more of what you love. For example, going to the cinema with friends or by yourself, working out, enjoying walks in the fresh air, spending time on your hobby. These simple things really help you manage all the stress that college causes.

We know that sometimes there is actually no time to spend all day on what you would like to do instead of studying for another test. However, what you can really do is at least enjoy your meals, relax when listening to music or just walk around the campus for half an hour before going to bed. It doesn’t take much time but helps you keep carrying on with a healthy and optimistic approach.

Don’t Be Afraid or Shy to Ask for Help

Sometimes we all need just a little help from a friend, family, or a professional. You might also need it for yourself. Don’t ever be shy to tell people that you need some help from them. It might be even a little dialogue, but this support will help you immensely.

Turning to a counselor at your learning institution is also a good idea. They are trained specialists and are there to help you deal with changes that you are going through and various difficulties that surely occur on your way.

Work on Developing Your Time-Management Skills

Time management is one of the most important skills that you will need as a college student and later in your life. It’s not only about how to manage your study hours but also about finding time for everything that you need to do as a student and as a healthy person. For example, finding time for yourself, working out, meeting with friends and family. Not every freshman can do that because of the heavy workload.

In order to be disciplined and ready for everything that you will have to face as a freshman, improving your time-management skills is crucial. For example, you might need to create a study schedule to help you manage all of your classes and be ready for important tests and assignment due dates.

If you can structure your day and your schedule right, you will find that you can do more in less time, handling difficult projects and assignments. It really helps freshmen to feel less anxious about their studies. The less you worry about the number of tasks you need to complete on time, the less stressed you feel about college in general.

Stay Healthy

In order to have a healthy spirit, you need to think more about your physical health as well. It’s only about taking proper care of yourself, though it’s also crucial. But staying healthy means being aware of what you eat, drink, and how you spend your free time.

For example, college parties are fun and great to attend. But be wise when it comes to alcohol and junk food that every party is full of. Drink less while paying attention to your daily diet. Eating healthy as a student is not always easy or even possible, but you should try your best if you want to avoid additional stress and anxiety.