Anxiety can be positive and it can be negative. Positive anxiety can motivate a student to utilize as many campus resources as possible to maximize their chances at success. Negative anxiety can make a student feel paralyzed and unable to concentrate on anything except failure.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
- Do you worry so much that it is hard for you to concentrate?
- Are you easily discouraged about grades?
- Do you have anxiety when taking tests?
- Do you have performance anxiety due to familial pressures to “do well” in college?
Success in college depends on:
- High anxiety associated with attending college and academic performance
- The ways in which high anxiety may decrease effectiveness of studying
If you have problems with anxiety, you may want to:
- Reduce anxiety in order to better focus
- Learn techniques to better cope with worries
Students should review these online workshops:
- Stress Management Series
- Preparing for Final Exams & Test Preparation (if anxiety is related to test anxiety)
- Preparing for Academic Success
Students may also use these campus resources:
- Counseling Services
- Health Services
Meditation is one of many relaxation techniques people use to relax before, during or after stressful situations. Meditation, in the most basic explanation involves focusing on something unchanging (such as a spot on the wall) or something repetitive (such as repeating a word – a mantra). When you realize your mind has wandered, merely return to repeating the word or the unchanging image.
Health Services has a series of meditation workshops, free of charge for students.
Imagery is another relaxation technique. It can be guided or unguided. When guided, someone else determines which image you should keep in mind when trying to relax. When unguided, you decide what image would be relaxing. If possible, it is best to choose your own image since you have a better idea of what you find relaxing than does someone else. Some images people generally find relaxing are sunshine warming the body, a day at the beach, a rippling lake, a walk in the woods, the surf rolling on the shore, birds flying through the air, a carpeted room warmed by a fire, and a sailboat floating on the water.
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