1) Self-reflect. Make two lists: one of things you enjoy doing, and one of people you enjoy being around. It’s easy to fall into the trap of doing whatever activities your friends do, and hanging out with the people who just happen to be in your suite or your classes. However, just because your friends love going to fraternity parties or hanging out with a certain group of people, doesn’t mean that you have to enjoy those same things! Self-reflect, identify what u enjoy doing and with whom ou enjoy spending time, and then try to do those things and spend time with those people as much as you can. Bonus tip: update your lists every few weeks!
2) Eat, sleep, and shower. One of the easiest, though most frequently overlooked, ways to reduce your anxiety is to eat a hearty meal, get a good night’s sleep, and take a warm shower. Bonus tip: dressing well will often make you feel much better, too!
3) Get organized. Make a Google Calendar and use it religiously! Using a GCal provides you with an easy and efficient way to take control over your schedule and your life. Bonus tip: make an organized weekly homework planner, in which you write down all of your assignments and their due dates for the coming week!
4) Use less social media. Scientists have proven that increased social media usage often leads to increased anxiety. You definitely should give yourself ample free time every day, though consider spending that time watching Netflix, reading a book, taking a nap, or hanging out with friends, rather than mindlessly scrolling through your Twitter feed.
5) Take a deep breath. Realize that you’re already at Yale, and that in the long run, your future won’t significantly change if you get a B+ rather than an A- on that history paper. Your happiness and mental health are more important than anything and everything else, especially grades.
By Sammy Burton.