How to beat anxiety when you go back to university

University is fast approaching and for many of us, the welcome week anxiety has already arrived. Since nobody likes to be disliked, the concern of fitting in and being liked by your peers is undoubtedly something that will worry the majority of us. It goes without saying that if you get on with the people you work with, life is so much easier and the same goes for university so keep reading for my top tips for beating that anxiety.

I’m in no way a healthcare professional so these are my own views. I do believe that everyone will feel anxiety at some point in their lives and that it can strike at any age. Everyone experiences anxiety differently, whether it be a strong feeling or a very mild one. I’ve had anxiety of some kind for the majority of my life, but it wasn’t until last year that I finally made the decision to control it, and you can too.

A couple of weeks ago, I was listening to The Diary of a CEO podcast when Steven Bartlett invited Marisa Peer, a world leading therapist, on. When she talked about telling yourself that feeling of anxiety is actually excitement and that you are excited about what is happening, it immediately changed the way I thought about anxiety. I never thought about it in this way, and it actually provided me with another coping strategy, which I will put into practice when I return to university next week.

My top tips for beating anxiety

  • Start taking a low dosage CBD oil – In 2020, I began using CBD oil because I was getting more and more worried about how my anxiety was affecting me. I don’t use it much anymore because I’ve noticed a huge difference in how I deal with anxiety, but if you battle with it, I highly recommend trying a CBD oil. My favourite oils are the CBII and Natures Aid.
  • Invest in a good journal – Every morning before I start my day, I write in my journal to give me that clear, worry-free perspective. Having a journal to start the day with makes it so much easier since it is easy to take on too much (especially as a student), and you should notice that this helps to ease your anxiety a little. You can find the journal I have here
  • Get a minimum 8 hours sleep and a good routine – Everyone says it, but getting a good night’s sleep will definitely help you feel less anxious. Be sure to establish a good routine that also supports your work, social life, and studies.
  • Get active – Including exercise in your daily routine will also help you feel better about things and lessen the worries that anxiety brings. It doesn’t have to be complicated; a simple walk or yoga class should be sufficient.

Leave a comment and let me know how you manage your anxiety; it’s always nice to let others know what works for us.

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