Studying with anxiety

Studying can be difficult enough, but studying with anxiety can feel impossible. On average 1 in 4 people in Australia will experience some form of diagnosable anxiety in their life time. This is a big issue and can’t be covered in one blog piece but there are ways you can start to manage your anxiety.

1: Take a few minutes to clean your work space. Mounting deadlines and stressful group work can send you down a spiral of anxiety. Taking a few minutes to clean your space can help clear your head as well.

2: Don’t track your grades. Lots of people love to track their grades (me included!), but if you suffer from anxiety this may only increase your stress levels. Do your best and know that it is good enough. You are worth more than the score at the end of the semester.

3: Identify what triggers your anxiety. If it is a ticking clock, change your work space. If it is silence, put on some classical music.

4: If there are any things that trigger your anxiety that are out of your control, tell people. If it is a situation in a class, tell the tutor. The more people who know, the better support you will get

5: Remember there are lots of support networks. Most universities have councillors or student support. There are government funded hotlines and centres where you can go. Make the most of these facilities.

If you do need to talk to someone urgently, call lifeline: 13 11 14

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