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4 Natural Ways to Help Anxiety

When you’re in college, it’s one of the most stressful times of your life. A recent study shows that the largest mental health issue with college students is anxiety. Between balancing classes, a job, your social life, and extracurriculars, it can seem like an almost impossible task and this feeling of insurmountable obstacles can discourage you. Luckily, there are lots of ways to manage your stress and feel more at ease about your many responsibilities.

  1. Meditation & Breathing

When you’re feeling unbelievably overwhelmed, just take a second and focus on your breathing. Practice some meditation exercises and learn to calm yourself down, instead of letting your anxiety escalate. YouTube can be a great resource for different guided meditations or breathing exercises that can help you squash a feeling of panic.

  1. Exercise

As a busy college student, it’s likely that you aren’t getting enough exercise. If you also commonly deal with anxiety, it can be difficult to find the time to head to the gym or do a routine at your place when you’re worrying about all the other things in your life. Exercising for only half an hour every day will help you feel more centered and happy and can give you a greater sense of control over your anxiety.

  1. Aromatherapy

Don’t underestimate the power of natural remedies! Many people swear on these concoctions, mixing natural oils and extracts together to soothe your senses and mind. Burn a candle or some incense, or put some natural oils or lotion on your skin to feel a greater sense of calm.

  1. Talk it out!

It can be hard to open up about your problems, but if you have friends you sincerely trust, talk to them about what’s making you anxious. Your friends care about you and will help you work through whatever is bothering you. They might help put things into perspective, or can give you advice to find something that permanently helps you. Talking will also help to soothe you in the moment, even if you don’t reach a concrete solution!

I attend Franklin & Marshall College and am the campus correspondent of the Her Campus chapter here. I also play flute with the Pep Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. I am an editor for the Patsy Post, am involved with F&M Unleashed, a member of Mu Upsilon Sigma, and a Brother of Phi Sigma Pi, a co-ed honors fraternity.
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