With freshers’ week just around the corner, students across the country are readying themselves for the beginning of three years of partying, drinking, and maybe even the odd lecture here and there.
While for many, the prospect of going off to university is full of excitement and promise, for others, the thought of leaving home, moving to a new city and meeting new people can lead to nervousness, apprehension, and anxiety.
While anxiety symptoms vary from person to person, the body reacts very specifically to anxiety. When you feel anxious, your body is highly alert, looking for possible danger and activating your fight or flight responses.
As a result, some common symptoms of anxiety include feelings of restlessness, tension and hyperventilation.
Though anxiety can leave you feeling isolated, it is important to remember that you are not the only one who feels that way, and there are several things you can try to bring down your freshers’ fretting levels.
Talk to somebody
Whether it’s to a parent or guardian, friend, or member of the university support staff, share how you feel with somebody you trust.
Take each day as it comes
Thinking too far in advance can quickly amplify your worries. View each day as a small step on your journey, and try not to overthink.
Eat healthily and stay well
Late nights and shallow pockets are a feature of student life and can often lead to junk food diets and constant colds. But good physical and mental health go hand in hand- an early night and some fruit and vegetables can go a long way.
Try a traditional herbal remedy
A simple, cost-effective option to relieve the symptoms of mild anxiety is available, with uniquely prepared pharmaceutical quality lavender oil in a one-a-day capsule – Kalms Lavender (RRP £7.39) provides an effective, clinically proven herbal option to relieve anxiety.
Many consider students to be sedentary beings, but that needn’t be the case! Whether going out running or cycling or joining a university sports society, exercising can effectively help reduce anxiety symptoms.
More than 15 clinical trials suggest that uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical-quality lavender oil – which can be taken in a one-a-day capsule – can significantly reduce both physical and psychological symptoms of anxiety.
New guidelines from the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) support the recommendation of pharmaceutical-grade lavender oil when treating Generalised Anxiety Disorder, highlighting its efficacy (GAD).