What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a feeling of nervousness, dread, or tension that someone feels as a result of a stressful or threatening situation. Anxiety is a signal for us. It can help us take action and be more careful. It can make us study harder for tests. In general, anxiety can help us cope and it is usually a temporary feeling. But when these feelings last for a long time, or happen when there isn’t a threat, this emotion can be considered a problem. You might need treatment and support.
Anxiety can feel like:
- Worry or agitation that doesn’t go away
- Trouble sleeping
- Rapid or irregular heartbeat
- Feelings of fear, panic and restlessness
- Sweaty hands or feet
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
You can help take care of yourself by:
- Talking about your feelings with someone you trust
- Getting lots of sleep
- Eating well-balanced meals
- Doing things that help you relax, such as listening to music, reading a book or getting a massage
- Journaling when you are feeling stressed or anxious to find out what triggers your anxiety
- Taking deep breaths – breathe in for a count of 5 and breathe out for a count of 5
Do I need to get help?
When your feelings of anxiety are lasting a long time, do not seem to go away, or continue to happen when there isn’t a stress or threat, it is time to get help. There are many people and resources on and off campus that are here to help you.