Kicking Anxiety

Stress-- that’s a six-letter word every college student is all too familiar with. Between academics, work, extracurriculars, family, friends and personal health, it’s no mystery why we’re feeling the pressure. But when anxiety comes into the mix, our usual stressors become a whole different animal. Headaches turn into restless nights, unexpected responsibilities turn into feeling your skin crawl, uncertainties turn into threats.

Whether you’re feeling a bit of anxiety at the beginning of the semester or it’s something you struggle with on a daily basis, there are ways to make this feeling less debilitating.

1. Aromatherapy

Different smells can trigger a variety of chemical responses in the brain, and some (such as lavender or chamomile) can even reduce physiological symptoms of anxiety.

2. Journaling

Even if writing isn’t “your thing,” taking a few minutes out of your day to jot down your thoughts onto paper can calm the commotion swirling around in your head.

3. Going for a walk

Exercise allows your brain to release endorphins, making you naturally feel happier. Taking a brisk walk while listening to some of your favorite songs can help lower the restless feeling anxiety often brings.

4. Cuddling with a pet

 Studies have proven that spending time with your furry friend makes people feel more calm and level-headed. Dogs, cats, even watching a fish swim around… it’s all good for you!

5. Meditation

All cliches aside, taking deep breaths and focusing on clearing your mind is a tried-and-true anxiety buster. Meditating on a phrase, such as “I am in control of my own thoughts,” can reaffirm you even when you feel helpless or out of control in life.

Kicking anxiety does not have to be a daunting or time-consuming task. Sometimes, it only takes a few minutes of self-care to feel like everything will be okay after all.