It’s that time of year again and Freshers is rolling in and the lectures are starting. For some people this is the best kind of time and there is loads of excitement about starting uni/college or heading back again for another year. But for some people this isn’t all fun and games. With the lifestyle changes that come with going to uni/college, this can have it’s effects on your mental health and take it from me, it can be rough.
For me, starting uni causes me so much anxiety and changes in my mood in general. With the new sleep pattern of having to get up at half 6 rather than just whenever I wanted to and then not getting home until 6ish- it’s a lot for my little brain to deal with. For the first week I just felt shock to the system and just confused at where my brain was at but now I’m in the my third week, I just feel concentrated anxiety and have constant mood swings. Getting used to the student lifestyle takes a while for the brain to process the same way another change does. But for someone who has a mental illness, this can be so much harder and can take a while longer to adjust to cope with the change.
At the moment, I have had anxiety in almost every situation of uni- getting to uni and getting on a packed train, walking into lecture halls, taking notes, socialising with other students, working as a group in group work exercises… Literally everything. For me I know that this will pass and that my anxiety cannot hurt me. It is just something that is happening right now and that I have to deal with and then let it pass. How do I cope with it? Well, not very well haha! But, I do have some ways to help calm myself and the anxiety when I am really anxious. I have a playlist on my phone of mindfulness and meditation exercises that listen to and practise. So when I’m at my worst I will just sit down, put my earphones in and do a quick 5-10 minute meditation. I currently use meditations created by Alayna Fender (Miss Fenderr) as part of her Patreon scheme. Alayna is a trainer in Mindfulness and Self Compassion and has recorded mediations for her viewers and these are the best ones for me. Her voice is just the best for calming yourself during the meditations and she is just an amazing person and YouTuber all together. If you are interested in getting these mediations, click here to find out more info.
I am happy to say that I am actually partnering with a company called ReviewsBee in this blog to help bring you reviews and recommendations of the best earphones that you can use during these mediations. ReviewsBee got in touch with me a few months ago about writing this blog but it’s taken me a while to find the right time and topic to talk about! So thank you to them for giving me that inspiration to blog again.
Okay, back to the topic. For me, the thing to remember with anxiety is that it can’t harm you and anxiety is just a natural response to a situation. Yes, some people, like myself have more severe anxiety than a typical person would have but there are ways that this can be treated and managed. My advice for anyone who is trying to support someone with anxiety is to give them time and the extra space they may need and most importantly, listen to them. The power of listening is often undermined but is it probably the most essential thing when it comes to try to support someone. Listen to what they have to say and what they need you to do to support them.
I’m going to end this blog here and get back to the wonders of university and assignments! As I’ve said in the past, I am here if anyone ever needs a chat or advice through the About Me tab or through my social media accounts.