Back To School Anxiety
As you guys know my online classes started yesterday and after reading your posts or some of your comments I know that a lot of you guys are back to school or are going to be starting school soon as well. I haven’t made a post about mental health recently so I thought that I write one today.
I am very happy that school is starting again because it kind of gives me something to do but at the same time it can be quite anxiety inducing for people who suffer from anxiety or even for people who don’t.
I think this year in particular is a bit more difficult because online classes can be a lot different from regular in-school classes and if you do have in-school class that’s probably still quite anxiety inducing since you have to be extra careful.
Here are five ways that will help you deal with your back to school or start of school anxiety:
I have talked about the benefits of CBD oil previous posts but I wanted to mention it again on this one because out of everything I have ever tried for anxiety I think CBD oil has been one of the main things that have made a significant difference when it comes to anxiety.
Originally, I began taking CBD oil for insomnia as I had a hard time falling asleep and was a very light sleeper. CBD oil helped me sleep a lot better but it also really helped me with my anxiety and depression as well. For those of you who may not have read any of my previous posts I do suffer from anxiety so I was really relieved and happy when I began taking CBD oil.
For those of you students who are able to get CBD oil in your area I would really recommend giving it a try. I personally have found it extremely beneficial for anxiety and I feel a lot more calm about things now. It also helps with concentration which I think is quite helpful as well if you’re a student.
I would like to keep this unbiased so I will also add that CBD oil can be expensive especially if you’re a student because I know that as a student we can have a pretty tight budget most of the time.
I know that most of you have also probably heard about CBD oil all over social media which is super annoying to me. I think CBD oil is actually beneficial but influencers are being paid to advertise it as some kind of miracle cure for everything. It doesn’t work like that plus seeing it advertised makes people more skeptical about using it- I know I was because I was scared it was just a stupid trend. Yes, like I mentioned it is very beneficial for some people but it may not work for everyone because it also depends on other factors like what is causing your anxiety, your lifestyle etc.
For more on my person experience with CBD oil click here.
Meditation is also extremely beneficial for anxiety. It helps you relax and it helps you better control your mind and your thoughts. I personally think the best time to meditate is every morning and evening so that you have a clear mind throughout the day and go to sleep with a clear mind. However, I understand that may not be possible because of your class/work schedule so even if you can fit some meditation in at random times do so.
Meditation is also great in the long run not just for back to school anxiety because it does help to decrease anxiety in general as well. Like CBD oil it also helps with concentration which is great if you’re a student.
I know that meditation can be difficult for a lot of people especially people who have anxiety because our brain literally never shuts up. It does take some time and practice to get used to meditation but it is really worth it when you do. If you are having trouble meditating on your own I would recommend trying out meditation apps that guide you- that way you won’t be able to tune out.
For my review of different meditation apps click here.
Yoga and breathing exercises can also be very beneficial when it comes to anxiety. Yoga helps you to center your body and mind and if you have ever done yoga you know that calm feeling that washes over you as you do yoga. It’s like all your worries kind of melt away.
I think yoga is a great way for students to get some exercise in if you have online classes as well. And more importantly it will help you to reduce your stress and anxiety.
Breathing exercises can also be really helpful for reducing anxiety. There are a lot of breathing exercises out there so I would recommend trying some out and figuring out which ones work best for you. Some breathing exercises can stop panic attacks and even instantly decrease your anxiety completely if done correctly.
One thing that really personally helps me reduce my anxiety when it comes to university is being prepared. A lot of times I tend to worry even more when I leave things till the last minute and I know a lot of people feel the same way. Instead of leaving things till the last minute be prepared.
Check that your laptop camera is working if you are studying online or check that you have everything you need if you are studying in class. Double check everything if you have to. Read your syllabus and be prepared for your classes. This can really help reduce anxiety.
The last thing I want to mention is that if you are feeling super overwhelmed and like nothing else is working for you please seek professional help. A lot of times anxiety can get a lot worse if not dealt with correctly and instead of making yourself feel worse try to treat the symptoms as early as possible.
Most schools/colleges/universities also offer counselling and other services for people who are suffering from mental health problems so please take advantage of these resources and talk to someone. You can also find both online and in-person therapy sessions in most areas too.
I know it sounds scary to have to see a professional but it’s really not that scary and definitely not something to be ashamed of.
Have your classes started again? Do you have online or in-school classes? Do you suffer from anxiety? If so what are some of the ways you deal with it? Are you anxious about school starting again? Are you excited to have classes again? Let me know in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi!
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