Hi everyone. This post it going to be talking about something very serious and personal, not only to me but I bet to a lot of you as well. I want you all to know that I am not an expert on this subject and I may not have all the answers, but I can always help and give advise when needed. I want to talk about my personal story with stress and anxiety, and how I am working to get better.
I have noticed that this year/semester has been hard and stressful on a lot of people, including myself. For along time, I tired to tell myself that I was fine and that I could handle it. As the weeks went on it started to get harder and harder to push through the bad times, but I still tried to tell myself that nothing was wrong. But it was. Don’t get me wrong I have faced stressful times in my life before, but this time the stress wouldn’t go away. Simple thing started to get hard and harder everyday, and I stopped finding joy in my favorite hobbies. Emotionally, while I tried to present a brave face to the world I was very unhappy. Soon, tiny things would send me into an emotional spiral that were almost impossible to recover from. It was around this time that I had to finally admit to myself that things were not ok. I knew if I did not find away to get out of my pit, that things would get worse and worse for me. I knew I needed some extra help, so I started going to the campus counseling services. I’ve only been going for a few weeks now, but I have to say that I am already feeling happy for the first time in weeks. I hope that after a few more weeks, I can learn some stress revilers and coping techniques to help me in the future.
But sob story aside, I want to get across to all of you that if you are experiencing an high amount of stress or anxiety this semester that you don’t have just suffer through it. Reaching out for help is ok, and it does not mean you are weak to find a way to make yourself happy again. There are a lot of ways you can do this. If talking to people helps, maybe give your parents or best friend a call from time to time. Just hearing from loved ones can help calm you down and make you feel more confident.
You can also go see a campus councilor if you need to talk to a professional. The university councilors are a free resource to all students. Their office is located on the second floor of Royce Hall with University Health Services. They are all very nice people and can help you with any issues you are facing. They are confidential as well, so your information will not be shared with students or other campus employees.
If you do not want to talk with anyone, but still want to learn ways to destress, here are some great apps you can check out.
What every your preferred way is, will be a great step in the right direction for anyone suffering from stress and anxiety. Also know you are not alone, there others out there going through similar situations. Things can get better, but you just need to be strong enough to admit that you may need help getting there. And that is ok…..