5 Tips for Back-to-School Anxiety for College Kids
Going back to school especially during the pandemic can be very stressful both for families and kids, even for college kids. There are fears of contracting the virus, keeping loved ones safe, and of course, there’s the part of missing those worry-free months.
These feelings and worries are normal. However, they don’t just disappear unless you do something about them.
Here are some practical solutions for you to help ease your anxiety at this time of the year.
- Be gentle to yourself.
As you move from a slow, relaxed pace of summer to a more structured fall can bring mixed feelings of sadness, longingness, and even feelings of loss. This is very normal. Instead of fighting these feelings, allow yourself to go through the process of feeling these emotions.
It’s also important to remind yourself that these feelings are just temporary and you’ll soon adapt to your new normal.
- Practice relaxation techniques.
Practicing some relaxation techniques, even just for 5 to 10 minutes a day can help combat your back-to-school anxiety. You can try meditation, going for a walk, cooking, or any activity that relaxes you.
- Learn breathing techniques for alleviating anxiety symptoms.
There are breathing techniques that are designed to help alleviate anxiety symptoms. You can use these when you start feeling overwhelmed.
Here’s a good one:
This technique is slow, focused breathing. You begin by taking a slow, deep breath through your nose and exhaling to whatever is comfortable to you. With each breath, pay attention to the rise and fall of your belly. You may choose a word to focus on and vocalize during exhale. It can be words like “calm” and “safe.”
- Sleep and eat well.
One of the best ways to combat back-to-school anxiety is by practicing healthy habits like getting sufficient sleep and eating well. Your diet can make a lot of difference as food impacts your brain – how it functions and regulates your mood.
- Seek help.
If you’ve done all these and yet, your anxiety is not getting better, then it’s time to see a specialist get the right kind of help.
NeurOasis offers a non-invasive method for managing anxiety and depressive disorders. This non-invasive technique is called TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation. If you want to find out more about it, you can request an appointment by calling (520) 338-2557.