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Anxiety has overtaken depression as the primary mental health issue for college students, according to a study done at Penn State University.
The rise in college anxiety may be owed to students facing school and relationship pressures without parental support. Parents have become increasingly involved in every aspect of their children’s lives, and this can foster dependency.
“A lot are coming to school who don’t have the resilience of previous generations,” said Dan Jones, Ph.D., director of counseling and psychological services, Appalachian State University, N.C. “A primary symptom is worrying, and they don’t have the ability to soothe themselves.”
If you are in college or starting a new job, find yourself overwhelmed with worry, and have difficulty soothing yourself you might need professional help to manage the anxiety, develop confidence, and learn more effective problem-solving skills.
Meanwhile, engage in activities that are pleasurable, relieve stress, and increase energy. Here are five easy ways to soothe yourself.
If you are troubled by anxiety you are not alone and there is compassionate help available. Visit your school’s counseling center, check into your workplace benefits, or your community’s mental health resources.
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