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Managing Anxiety

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“Acknowledge and validate your feelings and remember that it’s only temporary.”

A lot of people are struggling with anxiety at the moment, whether it’s usual for them or not. This pandemic has flipped our worlds upside down and we’re all dealing with a lot of uncertainty. Personally, I’ve found the past few weeks tough, but I wanted to share some practical tips that have helped me in the past and that I’m trying to implement now.

Write it Down.

This could take the form of journaling or just noting down what you’re worried about at that moment. I find this particularly useful if I don’t actually have the time to be worried!

Just jot down what why you’re anxious and put it to one side. This way you are acknowledging how you feel, but allows you to return to it at a later time when you can approach your troubles rationally.

Plan.

It sounds crazy, but sometimes I find planning as much of my day or week as possible helpful. It makes me feel in control in at least some capacity. It also means you know that you definitely have time for everything.

Another thing to plan could be things to look forward to, especially during the current lockdown! For example, on Tuesdays, I can look forward to watching Bake Off with my housemates, and on Thursdays, I do an online quiz with my mum over the phone. Small things like that will break up the monotony of uni work and not being able to go out!

Be Kind to Yourself.

I know it can be difficult, but if you need to take time out then do! Maybe not an entire day if you feel that you don’t have time (I’m certainly one for feeling guilty for not doing work when I’m feeling down), but make sure to plan a few hours in the evening to watch a comfort show, read a book, go for a walk, or maybe a bit of yoga. Just make sure you take time for yourself. You don’t have to be productive the entire time, taking breaks is also productive because it allows you to work to the best of your ability without burnout.

Talk to Someone.

You’re never alone and there are loads of people at the university who are willing and able to listen and help. You’re personal tutor, friends, family, seminar tutors, and university’s wellbeing services are all there to support you so please don’t keep it bottled up. Acknowledge and validate your feelings and remember that it’s only temporary.

I hope that these tips can help some of you. Remember there’s always hope for a brighter and better day, and you’ve all done so well to get this far.

Until next time.

Sam.

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
History, Warwick Student Cinema, Sport, Accommodation, and Wellbeing!
Find out more about me Contact Samantha

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