If you are experiencing an increase in stress or anxiety during your time in college, you are not alone. In fact, 41% of college students list anxiety as a top concern. Often times, the terms "stress" and "anxiety" are used interchangeably, but they are actually different when it come to a diagnosable anxiety disorders. Anxiety and stress can look the same and share the same arousal response, which triggers people to become more alert. They also share the same symptoms. Here are ways they are different:
- Is a response to a known environmental factor.
- Symptoms usually go away when the stressor goes away.
- Is something we all experience at some point in our lives.
- Can be motivational.
- Can occur with chronic stress, a major stressful event, or it can occur when there is no identifiable stressor.
- Symptoms persist even after the stressor has passed.
- Symptom intensity is exaggerated compared to what one would expect in a particular situation.
- Causes significant distress and interferes with your daily life.
- Is not motivational.
- Is perpetuated by avoidance.
- Anxiety can take many different forms and may or may not be diagnosable.
The most common symptoms of anxiety can be categorized into one of four clusters: physical, thoughts, feelings or behaviors. One of the most effective coping strategies you can use for anxiety symptoms, particularly the physical ones, is deep breathing and relaxation techniques. With regular practice deep breathing can reduce the intensity and frequency of anxiety symptoms. Sanvello has a library of breathing exercises that are designed to guide you through a variety of anxiety-provoking situations.
Anxiety Toolbox Workshop Video Series:
You can now watch our workshop series online! The goal of this workshop is to provide you with life-long tools you can use while facing anxiety-triggering situations. Access the corresponding helpful handouts here.