University can be a stressful time for anyone, but for someone who suffers from anxiety, university can seem like a rollercoaster you’ll never be able to get off of. There are lots of different forms of anxiety, and no matter which one you, or a friend, might suffer from; it’s important to remember that you are not alone. Whether you find it difficult to handle deadlines; are anxious about travelling around campus; or even struggle with meeting new people; there is no right or wrong about what you are feeling.
You might feel like you want to hide from your anxiety, by putting on a smile or staying in bed and this might feel like a fantastic way to escape and perhaps it will relieve you temporarily but try not to avoid it totally. Although it can seem like a negative force in your life, it is a part of who you are. So don’t let anyone try to tell you that you need to get over it. Instead, try to embrace it, learn to manage it and above all else, nurture it. Here is some very brief advice on how to manage your anxiety from someone who suffers with crippling self confidence.
By Lauren Haslett – Media Studies at University of Portsmouth