Managing anxiety

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Health Assured team

26 April 2021

Anxiety is a tough cross to bear. We all experience it, to some degree—but for many, it’s a defining feature of our day-to-day lives. 

Studying is a serious stressor, meaning that anxiety among students is always high. You likely know this yourself—even the pressures of a student social life are prone to causing anxiety. Not everyone is an ebullient extrovert, and not everyone enjoys a busy social life.  

If you suffer anxiety, or you’re close to someone who is, you’ll understand just how hard it can be to deal with. Here, we list some great tips on managing anxiety—meaning hopefully a happier, more fun student life! 

Talk 

Anxiety is hard, and it’s even harder when you’re facing it alone. Talking about your issues can be a source of great relief, especially when it’s someone you trust. Sometimes, they don’t even need to offer any solutions—just vocalising your problems can be all you need to make yourself feel a little less anxious about them. 

Be mindful 

Mindfulness is a method of absorbing yourself into the now—it’s about allowing yourself to pay full attention to the present moment, feel the sensation and listen to the sounds.  

It aims to help you:   

  • become more self-aware 
  • feel calmer and less stressed 
  • feel more able to choose how to respond to your thoughts and feelings 
  • cope with difficult or unhelpful thoughts 
  • be kinder towards yourself  

Bear in mind that mindfulness doesn’t work for everyone—in fact, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recommend avoiding mindfulness in cases of social anxiety. Certain disorders such as ADHD can be counteractive to mindfulness, too—but for those who can use it, it’s a powerful tool. 

Therapy  

There are several therapies that can be used to treat sserious chronic anxiety and panic disorder.. 

A professional counsellor can walk you through these talking therapies and explore what comes up from them. These include:   

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT): A talking therapy which addresses negative thoughts, your beliefs and attitudes towards life and uses them to deal with coping skills 
  • Applied relaxation therapy: Focuses on the physical symptoms and aims to teach you how to relax musicals which are tense when experiencing anxiety 
  • Exposure therapy: Calculated exposure to the anxiety-inducing stressor/triggers in a safe environment to help overcome the stressor  

Alternative therapies 

Mostly related to mindfulness, there are plenty of alternative therapies which can help you to relax—and thus melt away your anxieties. Try some of the following:  

  • Yoga 
  • meditation 
  • aromatherapy 
  • massage 
  • reflexology 
  • herbal treatments 
  • hypnotherapy 

 and see how they make you feel. Again, not every method works for everyone—but when you find something that does work, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them.  

Exercise 

It can help your physical health—but did you know that exercise can be a great boost to your mental health, too? 

You don’t need to become a hench gym bunny overnight in order to relieve anxiety. Indeed, if you’re struggling with social anxieties, the gym might be the last place you want to go. But a long walk can do wonders—especially if you make it regular, and find a quiet, pretty space where you can relax, listen to some music and prepare for the time ahead. 

If you would like to find out more information on any of the topics mentioned in this article, please contact Health Assured on:  

UK: 0844 892 2493 

ROI: 01 886 0324 

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