Five Ways A Student Can Manage Anxiety

Five Ways A Student Can Manage Anxiety

My fellow student,

 

I have suffered from anxiety my entire life and did not know that is what I was suffering from. It is a debilitating mental condition. It affects everything you do. Moreover, whatever activity you engage in becomes that much harder. This condition affects sleep, sexual appetite, your studies and your ability to stay focused. At times, the anxiety can get so bad that medication is required to control the symptoms. Some of the symptoms include “noise” in the head, sleeplessness, excess hunger or no appetite at all, and loss of interest in activity that was once very amusing.

The Mayo clinic has the following list of symptoms.

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having difficulty controlling worry
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

This condition affects relationships with those closest to you. Close friends and family will suffer from this condition. Medication appears to have a palliative effect at best. The stuff approved by the FDA provides no cure for this state of mind. In fact, some of the medication approved by the FDA has increased depression as a side effect. However, we have found a person that not only knows how it feels, he also appears to have a real solution.

The title of his presentation and web site is called Depersonalization. In this video he describes all the signs and symptoms and how one can not only manage these symptoms, but possibly rid yourself of this scourge.

I have anxiety, panic, and depression. Working with this trilogy is no laughing matter. Each one feeds off the other in a cycle that can only be broken by you, believe it or not. Everyone has to deal with anxiety at one time of their lives or another. It is how one deals with the problems that makes the difference.

The first thing I do is pray. Having a relationship with God is paramount to working with anxiety. Prayer brings peace and calm, like being by still waters or a babbling brook. It is like listening to the rain on a warm rainy day. The sound of a gentle zephyr.

The thing with prayer is that it cannot be done like a sneeze. A student like you needs to take the time to spend alone with your Maker telling Him what is on your mind, and how you would like it solved.

Have a problem?

  1. Call Him up and tell Him what you want.
  2. Become aware of your environment.
  3. Take special note of five things you see. Take the time to describe these things to yourself.
  4. Be aware of four things you hear. The mind is a powerful thing. During an anxiety attack, that power is being used against you. It is your mission, if you choose to accept it, to take that power back.
  5. Take the time to describe the four things you hear. Do you enjoy what you hear?
  6. What are three things you can feel?
  7. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Or should I say on your body? This impressive organ filters out a great deal of stimuli each second. Take the time to feel three things. Feel the shoes you are wearing. Can you feel the arches in the shoes? Are you wearing sneakers? I know a nurse who each time he approaches me I know he is near due to the squeaking his shoes make when he walks. Is the room air conditioned? Is the temperature comfortable?
  8. What are two things you can taste? If you have a piece of candy, pop it in your mouth. Now describe the texture of that piece of candy.
    Is it rough? Smooth? Is it sour, sweet, spicy, does it taste like cinnamon? Peppermint? It is like taffy where you want to chew it right away or is it hard and you want to enjoy it for a while?
  9. What is the one thing you can smell?
    Your sense of smell can process millions of bits of information per second. If you were aware of all of those bits of information, you would not be able to process anything else. Our brains filter out most of those stimuli and make us aware of those that are most important such as a fire or the smell of a rose.
  10. Take the time to notice a smell. Is it pleasant? If not, what can you do to change that?

The above process of disarming your anxiety attack works for most, but not all. Here is some good advice for you.

When I was an EMT, we were trained to do one thing. Get out of danger. Get out of the situation that is causing the anxiety in the first place. In a fire, you take yourself out of the burning environment to protect yourself. As much as you possibly can, take yourself away from the negative stimulus.

 

The link below will take you to a video that discusses depersonalization by Sean O’connor.

Please watch it. After prayer there is no greater defense against anxiety, panic, and depression than knowing about it and what to do about it.

https://youtu.be/h7u59TkQTxY

 

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