Anxiety in college is common. Finding healthy coping mechanisms for anxiety is not as common. All of us are guilty of occasionally worrying and sinking to the bottom of a pessimistic bowl of overthinking, stress, and doom.
It wasn’t until I began college, that the words anxious and anxiety became normalized and familiar.
Anxiety is something that plagues all ages, economic backgrounds, and lifestyles. You can make money and still feel anxious over your finances.
You can have friends and still feel social anxiety.
It's also possible to seem like a carefree easy going person, who handles the world with ease, and still feel anxious.
Before we learn 10 healthy coping mechanisms for anxiety (especially while in college) we’ll discuss 5 common reasons for why students feel anxious.
Why do college students feel greater anxiety?
1- There’s not enough time in the day
Anxiety in college is often linked to productivity. If someone asked you how your day was, chances are your response is connected to your ability to get things done.
But when you spend hours of your day in a class, commuting, studying, working, and being social, it’s impossible to give equal attention to each. And this feeling of having "too much to do and not enough time" can increase anxiety in college students.
Working on top of going to school becomes a challenge if you don't have a work-life balance.
2- Lack of job security
Young adults face anxiety when it comes to finances and even the act of "adulting" in general because everything needs money.
Adulting - the act of being independent and living life to the fullest
In order to move out on your own, experience the world, decide you don’t want to work...you need money.
Finding time to make yourself an attractive job applicant is key to lessening your anxiety in college.
3- Lack of knowledge on life after college
What will you do after graduation? What is life like after you graduate?
There is so much uncertainty regarding what happens when you no longer dedicate time slots to sitting in a classroom or staring at a homework assignment. Anxiety in college is increased when we feel unprepared for what will come next.
Feeling unprepared is a common anxiety trigger.