College can surely be stressful. Juggling the demands of school, work, friends, and family is hard enough … and there’s so much more that college students want to do and figure out. What do I want to do with the rest of my life? How do I get there? Will I be successful? What are my true values and how will they guide my lifestyle choices? Do I want to spend the rest of my life with someone, and if so, who is that person? Trying to answer questions like these while managing the day-to-day tasks of college life can create anxiety, and young adults today are experiencing more stress and anxiety than ever before.
It is not uncommon to feel worried or fearful when facing something challenging, such as a test or a job interview. These feelings are normal, and at mild-to-moderate levels, can even improve performance. Anxiety becomes a problem when the symptoms are more generalized, when they extend beyond the feared situation, and when they are severe enough to interfere with healthy functioning, including school. But anxiety is treatable and help is available. Being aware of the symptoms is a good place to start.
Symptoms of anxiety
What to do if you think you have anxiety
Shift your mindset:
Shift your behaviors:
Remember the basics:
Relax and enjoy:
Self-help with TAO
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) is a platform of free self-help educational modules to help you learn about and change how you think and feel.
The Following Modules are Helpful for Anxiety:
- Calming Your Anxiety (Student or Adult Version) Module 1: Understanding Anxiety & Worry
- Calming Your Anxiety (Student or Adult Version) Module 2: Relaxation & Anxiety Reduction
- Calming Your Anxiety (Student or Adult Version) Module 4: Mindfulness
- Calming Your Anxiety (Student or Adult Version) Module 6: Lifestyle Factors
- Mindfulness Library
- Quiet Places on Campus
- WSU Stress Relief Center
- WSU Student Health Center
- WSU Student Wellness
- How to Stop Worrying: Self-Help Strategies for Anxiety Relief
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy Self Help Resources: Anxiety
- ACT on your Anxiety