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6 Tips for Coping with Anxiety About Returning to College During COVID-19

Nancy MacGregor MA, ATR-BC, LPC, ACS, Clinical Director

When COVID-19 first started, colleges across the country closed in efforts to help flatten the curve. If you are a college student (or any student for that matter), you were forced to leave your familiar routines behind. Classroom learning quickly transitioned to online learning, which created new struggles for many students, as online learning isn’t for everyone. If you are a student or the parent of a student, you may be questioning if you or your child will be returning or not returning to college for the Fall 2020 semester. It’s important to consider ways now that you can manage and cope with the stress you’re currently experiencing and may experiencing returning to college. Harmony Bay Wellness can give you the support you need.

Studies have shown that college students are prone to higher rates of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. Many students find a support system within their college such as friends, and professors, and extracurricular activities. However, removal from these people and activities may be making students feel some uncertainty about their future.

Anxiety About Returning to College During COVID-19

Here are a few helpful tips for you during this time:

  1. Know that your feelings are normal- It is normal to have feelings of anxiety, fear, and anger during this time. You have suffered a real loss, and the uncertainty of your path forward can cause anxiety, stress, and depression. If your feelings are overwhelming, communicate this with others. Talk about it with your friends and family. Getting it off your chest can provide relief. By talking about it with your peer group, you may find they feel similarly. If your feelings are preventing you from properly functioning, reach out to a licensed therapist for additional help.
  2. Maintain a routine- If you are participating in online classes from home, start your day at the same time you would go on campus. Get ready for class, just as you would if you were going in person. Set goals to get all your coursework completed by a certain time. Keep a planner or calendar to keep track of what assignments are due day-to-day.
  3. Exercise- If you are able, be sure to exercise for at least 30 minutes per day. Exercise is proven to improve mental health. Your exercise does not need to be strenuous. A walk or online yoga class are both great forms of exercise. At Harmony Bay Wellness, individuals can participate in calming therapies like yoga therapy, mindfulness meditation, and reiki. These not only keep your body active, but they also allow your mind to focus.
  4. Get adequate sleep- Maintain a good sleep schedule. Adults are recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. Put your phone down before bed and opt for reading a book instead. This will help you feel more relaxed. Limiting screentime is a good way to get to sleep. But for those who need more help, we offer a sleep management program.
  5. Connect with college friends- Make it a priority to connect with your college friends via phone or video chat. Many of them may be feeling anxiety just like you. Connecting with friends can reduce feelings of loneliness and depression.
  6. Reduce time on social media- Taking time out of your day to step away from social media and the news can help you reset. Social media can induce more anxiety and feelings of depression.

Harmony Bay Wellness

It’s just as important to see to your mental health and well-being as it is to exercise and care for your physical health. At Harmony Bay Wellness in South Jersey, we offer therapy treatment for college students who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Do not let your anxiety control your life. To learn more about the services that Harmony Bay Wellness offers, reach out today at [Direct].

Treatment with Harmony Bay

Harmony Bay is an outpatient behavioral health service that offers primary mental health treatment for a variety of mental health disorders. Our mission is to make mental health care convenient and affordable while providing an unmatched experience to our clients. contact us today by calling 855.765.6399.