The 7 Best Ways To Help Ease Your Anxiety During School

The 7 Best Ways To Help Ease Your Anxiety During School

Avoiding coffee, staying organized and walking are just a few of the many ways you can help reduce your anxiety during school.

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Committing yourself to many things can send you into overdrive and in order to complete things at its best, you need to be at your best.

1. Stay Organized

Nothing is worse than having scrambled notebooks everywhere, papers flying around, and going to the wrong class on the wrong day. I would say these incidents happen more toward the middle to the end of the semester, so do not be that person that needs to ask someone for a pen. Instead, buy at least two calendars. Get one giant wipe off board to hang in your room and a planner to carry around with you. My anxiety gets way worse when my weeks aren't somewhat planned out. So if you have a visualization of what your days look like and what time your classes and job are, you will be in good shape. Always remember, take it one step out of time and plan accordingly.

2. Avoid Caffeine 

Now before you skip over this one and laugh, "Yeah, not happening," caffeine can make your anxiety worse. Caffeine is a stimulant and can make you feel more awake but also jittery. Jittery can lead to feelings of nervousness and for someone who has anxiety that is not the best feeling. It took me a few weeks to detox from coffee and energy drinks because I thought my body needed the caffeine in order to function. I suffered from headaches and on some days I cheated and sipped the delicious brew. My best advice would be to give up caffeine when the time is right, I know myself and other college students strive off of coffee. Switch over to green tea! At one point I drank three, if not four, cups of green tea a day. Tea still has caffeine in it but green tea has a significantly lesser amount than coffee. Decaf coffee is a thing too.

3. Excerise

Who has the time to exercise? Well if your anxiety gets worse throughout the school year, some have no choice. A nice refreshing walk with some good music can help relieve anxiety. There are so many benefits to walking from health to even brainstorming. Walking is a good way to relieve stress and open your mind. Be one with nature. College campuses are usually pretty nice in the fall and spring. So get out of your dorm at a time where your community is quiet. You will be with yourself and be able to think things through. Who cares how many miles you walk, just get out because the slightest walk is a start and will make you feel better about yourself.

4. Do Not Procrastinate 

This falls under staying organized, but if you have a paper to do please do not wait until the night of. Myself and other students have definitely been notorious for doing this. If you have a 10-page paper due in a month, all you have to do is one page every night and you will have time left over to revise it. I try and look at it differently because one page a night is not a lot at all. I feel way better knowing I am halfway done with an assignment when the due date is approaching verses just starting it. Also, you won't have to stay up the night of and drown your regrets in Red Bull.

5. Read

I know time is limited during classes and whatever else you have going on, but make it a goal to finish a book before the semester ends. Reading, especially at night, can help relax you and you will be able to escape reality for a little bit. There are so many books about love, romance, mystery, and whatever you like reading about. So take the opportunity and get into a book. I enjoy reading a book before I watch the movie even though it turns out the book is always better. Plus, you will feel a feeling of satisfaction knowing you completed a whole book. Now if you can't seem to find a Barnes and Noble close enough to your college, you are probably lying. But if that is the case, libraries are still a thing, college bookstores, Amazon... I can go on and on.

6. Take Time For Yourself

Do not go out every night, do not skip classes, and do not give yourself to more people and things than you can handle. Your time is very valuable and if you need to stay in for a night and binge a Netflix show, do it. Don't forget about your daily walks you should be taking and sipping on your tea, not drama. Committing yourself to many things can send you into overdrive and in order to complete things at its best, you need to be at your best. Yes, college has many possibilities to be the best years of your life, but do not make them full of regret and do not let your anxiety take over. If you need to be alone, it is OK to enjoy your own company.

7. Take Advantage Of Your School's Services

Most, I am sure all universities, offer therapy. Whether it's group therapy or one on one, counseling and psychological services or CAPS, is something to look into if you want to talk to someone. I guarantee you are not the only college student freaking out about something you convinced yourself is stupid and something you'll grow out of. CAPS is there for a reason and a good place to start off at if you are considering therapy. I know someone that started off going to CAPS and when school ended, that student continued therapy and got the necessary help they needed. Aside from therapy, other clubs or sports can work for you as well. The only way to find out is to take advantage of what your college offers.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.
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The last 3-4 weeks of every college student’s semester are always crazy hectic. We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of Chrisley Knows Best.

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.


3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.


6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.


7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in 2 days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.


13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.


14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.


You're finally back to your old self.

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High School Senior Malcolm Asher's Globally Reaching Nonprofit Is An Example For Other Teens

Making a difference has no age restrictions.

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In today's world, we all have the causes we're passionate about. And one student took his passion and turned it into action. At the age of 15 years old, Malcolm Asher decided to found ArtPass. It's a nonprofit determined to help children have better experiences at medical facilities. Still enrolled at Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon, his success shows other youth how passion can lead to them making a worldwide impact.

What is ArtPass? According to Asher, "ArtPass takes a two-step approach in each community we serve. First, we remold children's mindset around hospitalization through our art-centric educational and advocacy curriculum. We make the hospital experience more transparent and less intimidating. This curriculum, consisting of cartoons specifically created for children no matter their English ability, is utilized by each chapter to meet the needs of individual communities. Secondly, ArtPass collects and distributes art supplies for the local healthcare facilities in these same communities to improve the experience in the facility so the child is more likely to seek medical attention the moment symptoms arise in the future." ArtPass also provides the opportunity for patients artwork to be shared with other patients, helping to eliminate the isolating feelings they can experience.

Asher explained that "while ArtPass initially started simply as a sharing-art program for my local hospital, I first-hand saw there was an even larger, unaddressed problem." That problem he went on to tell me was the vast number of children that die every year from preventable disease. According to him, that number is an outstanding 5.4 million. Due to lack of resources often the "emotional well-being' of patients isn't a concern that is addressed.

"Since wards can be 110 degrees with only five beds for 15 children, the quality of the hospital experience is severely poor for patients. This creates a stigma outside the hospital where children are so petrified of hospitalization they hide their symptoms from their parents until they are so critically ill, easily cured illnesses can become fatal, " explained Asher.

This realization led Asher to expand ArtPass. According to their website, they currently have 110 chapters registered, impacted more than 12,000 children, and have determined their educational curriculum to be 93 percent effective. They have made a global impact with their ArtPass Global Ambassadors which allows like-minded individuals to bring ArtPass to their local communities.

artpassinternational.org/global-ambassadors/

If you are interested in getting involved with ArtPass there are two ways Asher explained, "First, for every dollar donated, ArtPass can reach one more child. Because every community is so different, we provide mini-grants so chapter leaders can effectively utilize our programs and resources in ways that work for their homes. Additionally, if you're a student who would like to start a chapter of your own, you can apply on our website to become an ArtPass Global Ambassador."

"Based on our current growth rate, by the end of 2018, ArtPass expects to have registered over 175 chapters and have supported 20,000 children. Those numbers should triple by the end of 2019," said Asher. He doesn't take credit for the success. Instead, he cites support from art therapy-based nonprofits, local companies, hospital Child Life Specialists, and even some name brand companies like Taco Bell and T-Mobile. Asher also believes ArtPass has achieved success due to the lack of other organizations focusing on this area of work.

When asked what inspires Asher he stated, "I'm inspired by the students across the world who go above and beyond to help children interact with healthcare more positively. For example, Zainab is a teenage girl who lives in a Taliban-ruled community in Afghanistan. While she has a hospital in her community, children are so petrified of the conditions that they are too scared to ask for treatment. So, while risking her own safety, Zainab is pioneering her own ArtPass chapter. Habtsh is a college student in Ethiopia who has used all of his savings to launch his own ArtPass chapter as well, bringing in a large team of volunteers, and reaching over 15 different villages across Ethiopia, where he lives."

ArtPass is an example of what one person can accomplish and the impact youth can have on the causes they're passionate about. "I want people to learn that if you see a problem, no matter how big, it is possible to make real, sustainable change. For every one solution, there are three more problems out there. With support and allies on your side, no problem is too big," said Asher.

Asher offers this advice to other youth with a passion to make a difference: "Please, don't be scared to reach out to people (like me!). When I had my idea, I had no clue where to turn or if I would even be able to put my ideas into fruition. But after reaching out to other young social entrepreneurs who had been successful in their own ventures, I received priceless guidance, advice, and mentorship that propelled our growth. People want to help you — I promise!"

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