How to Keep College Stress from Causing a Panic Attack

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Last updated April 7, 2017

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College stress might not seem like that big of a deal – everyone goes through it, right? But if not handled correctly, it can mean an increased chance of having a panic attack.

Although panic attacks aren’t ultimately harmful, they can be very debilitating and especially difficult to deal with while attending classes.

Check out these tips on keeping stress in college to a minimum.

Get Plenty of Sleep

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Studies show (as though we needed them, lol) that many college students don’t get enough sleep, which negatively impacts overall academic performance.

Sleep deprivation can hinder your memory and cognitive skills, as well as increase your level of anxiety.

The best way to fight sleep deprivation is to stick with a good schedule. Try to go to sleep at around the same time every night to keep your body accustomed to good sleep patterns.

Know When to Take a Break

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Learn to recognize when you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, so you can take a break to clear your head before it gets too bad.

Find a special place you can go to relax.

Consider picking up a hobby or recreational activity to give yourself something to do when you start to feel strained.

You might even join a school-related club to give yourself an outlet.

Music can be a great way to let off steam while also tapping into your creativity.

However, be careful not to let “taking a break” become an excuse for not doing work. Falling behind in your studies will lead to even more stress when it comes time to actually get around to doing it.

Be Prepared for Exams

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For many stressed-out college students, exam time means panic and frantic studying. Don’t let major projects or exams sneak up on you.

Go over each course syllabus at the beginning of the term and mark the dates of any major projects. Also, make sure to take advantage of any study sheets or advice your professor may give out around exam time.

When it comes to actually taking the exams, try to maintain a positive frame of mind. Stay focused on the questions in front of you, rather than how your friends are doing or your overall results.

Remember, hyperventilating can trigger panic. Always take a moment to calm down and breathe deeply and slowly.

Ask for Help

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One of the problems with anxiety and panic attacks is that they can make you feel isolated and alone.

Whether it’s a friend, a counselor, or family member, find someone you can count on when things get tough. Let that person know what they can do to help you – whether it’s tutoring, transportation, or simply lending a listening ear.

If you experience frequent panic attacks, it may mean that you are suffering from panic disorder.

Here are some natural remedies to try.

Whatever you do, don’t let your fear of possible panic attacks keep you from furthering your education. Countless students who deal with stress and anxiety almost daily still manage to graduate every year. If they can be successful, so can you!

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