Dealing with anxiety whilst studying
Don’t be afraid to admit it. We all deal with anxiety at some point within our lives.
And dealing with anxiety is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s just how our minds and bodies cope when we combine too much passion and stress.
More often that not, people confuse anxiety with stress. And, although they are very similar, there are some subtle differences that differentiate the two:
Feeling overwhelmed? Stress or anxiety
Irritable and short-tempered? Stress or anxiety
Lack of concentration? Stress or anxiety
Headaches? Stress or anxiety
Loss of appetite? Stress or anxiety
Procrastination? Stress or anxiety
Sound familiar? The only difference is that stress can last for an infinite amount of time, whereas anxiety usually occurs in small bursts.
You may find that you cannot face everyday situations such as going to work or school, your heart beat has increased and that you find yourself in a state of panic.
Anxiety usually happens when something you are worried about draws nearer, and we know from experience that this tends to happen during studying as exams get closer.
(We know… easier said than done.)
But with our easy and helpful little tips, we want to make sure that you cope to the best of your ability when dealing with anxiety.
- Take a moment to yourself
Taking time out from what is causing your anxiety will allow you to refocus and calm yourself down
- Reaffirm yourself
Tell yourself why you are doing it and assure yourself that you can – “I want to improve my future and career. I can do it. I am doing it!”
Your body releases endorphins when you exercise, similar to those that are released when you are happy.
- Speak to family and friends
There may be someone who has been through what you are experiencing, and they will be able to give you a new and refreshing take on the situation.
It may not seem like much, but these little tips could be the difference between a breakdown and survival when dealing with stress whilst studying.
If it becomes too much, you may consider talking to a professional or taking a step back. But we don't need to think about that, because we know you can do it.
Keep calm and carry on studying.