Anxiety is the feeling of worry, nervousness, apprehension, fear, and/or panic in response to a situation that seems overwhelming, threatening, unsafe, or uncomfortable.
Feeling anxious can be a totally normal response to stress, however, if anxiety is interfering with your daily life there are steps you can take to manage and overcome those emotions.
- Breathe. When you feel yourself getting anxious take a few seconds to breathe deeply.
- Relax. Create a list of activities that help you calm down. Everyone has different relaxation techniques. Learn what works best for you. An increasing number of people are turning to meditation as a way to find peace. The Mindful Awareness Research Center offers free drop-in meditation classes and free guided meditation videos.
- Move. Incorporating physical activity into your daily life can play a huge part in maintaining good mental health. Whether it’s going for a walk or taking a class through UCLA Recreation, move your body to relax your mind.
- Live healthy. College students are notorious for keeping poor sleep schedules, drinking too much alcohol, and not having the best diets. All of these behaviors can worsen anxiety. Give yourself 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Be smart about how you consume alcohol and drink lots of water. Try to eat healthy as often as you can and make meals a time for relaxation.
If your anxiety feels out of control or is not going away, you may be dealing with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are common and treatable.
Take an anonymous and confidential screening to see if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional.