Finding healthy ways to reduce anxiety

Here are a few ways to help cope with your panic and worry


By: Maxwell Faery

NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – Anxiety is very common for most college students and sometimes there are countless stressors in one’s life that causes them pain and worry.

Anxiety can be hard to avoid, especially if it’s about something that you must do in order to succeed, such as schoolwork and or a job. It is important to address what is causing you anxiety and what you can do to stop it from controlling your life.


If you have anxiety about homework, a project, or even something you have to do later in the day, it is important to be clean and organized. It is as simple and easy as it sounds. If you organize your work and plan what you need to do for the day with a planner, you will lower your stress. It’s like working out, you won’t do it unless you force yourself to start, and when you keep at it you will keep going and you will never have to worry about time not being on your side.

As a 19 year-old, I did not start writing in a planner regularly until this semester, and my anxiety dwindled when I wrote down my assignments, my stressors and everything I had to do that day. Once you cross everything off your to-do list it is extremely satisfying.


If  you have lost the life of a family member or friend, went through a break up, or your family is causing you great anxiety, there is no quick and easy way to calm yourself down. You are going to have bad days and it is important to remind yourself that the only thing that can fully heal this stress and pain is time. But in the meantime, it is important to identify who your support group is. This could be friends, family members, counselors or all of the above. It is important to talk to everyone in your support system, and consider the advice you think works for your situation. Take time to reflect on what happened before you do anything you regret.

Make a list of all the things you want to do with your life and all the great things to come. Writing down your problems in a poem or notebook can also help lower anxiety. It keeps you occupied and you can blow off steam. Think of all the things you want to work on to better yourself, and go do them. Personally, I’ve been going back to church and working out to relieve my stress, and I feel a lot better.

Also remember that there are a number of resources on campus to help you find healthy solutions to your stress and anxiety. Counseling services is located in basement of Seton Hall and the Academic Success Center is on the main floor of Seton as well.

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