Anxiety is defined as apprehension to an upcoming event and as college students, we have plenty of reasons for having anxiety. Anxiety can stem from an upcoming test, ten page paper, an overflowing to do list or even just finding a parking spot in order to make it to class on time. Symptoms to look for in determining if you suffer from everyday anxiety are things like increased heart rate, lack of concentration in school and work, having issues sleeping or just not being your normal self. If you find yourself often stressed and suffer from any of the above situations you may want to find ways to reduce your anxiety. Luckily, Shape Magazine came up with fifteen tips to help decrease anxiety.
1. SLEEP, SLEEP, SLEEP: Getting enough sleep is so important. When you aren't getting enough sleep each night it affects physical health and feeds into our anxiety and stress. Aim for seven to nine hours to ease anxiety.
2. De-Clutter: Take fifteen minutes to clean up your living/work space. When there is physical clutter present, it can cause mental clutter. Keeping things tidy will help lower anxiety levels and help you think rationally.
3. Play: Back when we were kids, we could play without having to worry about school or work. Take some time each time to do something you enjoy, whether it is playing a video game, a sport or anything you may enjoy.
There are many more tips and tricks for helping you manage your anxiety. Visit Shape's website to read about the other twelve ways!