Anxiety is a very common mental disorder, and it is particularly problematic for students. First of all, students are more prone to anxiety because they are subject to unusual scrutiny and pressure. Second of all, because students are constantly being evaluated, one bad day could have a very detrimental effect on their academic reputation.
Another thing making students particularly susceptible to anxiety is the unknown. Because students are embarking on a discovery of a new vocation, there are many unknowns. And, since anxiety is “fear of the unknown”…well, you get the picture. In addition, because students are generally new to the field they are studying, the perfectionistic type As will want to learn and consume all of the knowledge. Which is really impossible. Another recipe for anxiety.
So, what can students do to prevent anxiety from derailing their academic careers?
Here is a list of resources that may be helpful:
- Anxiety Disorders Association of America
- American Test Anxiety Association
- National Anxiety Foundation
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Reducing Test Anxiety
- Combatting Test Anxiety
- Self Help Strategies
- Meditation and Mindfulness
It may be helpful to remember that even negative emotions have a purpose. In another words, a little anxiety won’t hurt you, it will help you. It could be just the motivator you need to make sure you stay on top of your work and manage your expectations appropriately! It could be the warning signal that you are getting tired and need to take a break. It could also be a longer term indicator that your boundaries need to be adjusted. After all, we can only control so much.
Yours in the Joy of Knowledge,