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The seriousness of anxiety

Breanna Hill, News Editor

Anxiety disorders are known to be the most common mental illness in the United States. Statistics show that over 40 million adults are unfortunately suffering from anxiety. There are a number of anxiety disorders—OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and more.

Tons of things can trigger anxiety. One might find themselves growing anxious when it comes to speaking in front of large groups of people or when going in for a job interview. Everybody at one point in his or her life feels anxious. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders face this issue more often than not, unfortunately.

Each form of anxiety disorder has their own set of reactions and symptoms; all of the different types of anxiety disorders do have quite a number of common symptoms such as an accelerated heart rate and chest pains.

Luckily, there are a few known ways to relax a bit and ease your mind, which, in turn, reduces anxiety.

1. Learning to induce your Relaxation Response:

It is a known fact that if you take at least ten minutes out of your busy, hectic day to partake in some form of relaxation therapy, it can reduce your anxiety a great amount. For example, every morning get up out of bed, stretch and listen to calming music. Focusing on your Relaxation Response is known to slow your heart rate and decrease your blood pressure.

2. Breathe:

As silly as it sounds, just breathe. When people are in very anxious, and uncomfortable situations they tend to begin breathing a bit more shallowly. Whenever in a situation that causes your breathing to become a bit abnormal, make sure to stop and try to even out your breathing. Simply controlling your breathing, and forcing it to become a bit more even and natural, can cause your anxiety levels to decrease.

3. Write out your worries and fears:

It’s proven that writing down things that bother you are a form of decompression. Setting aside 15 minutes or so each day to write down your feelings about difficult situations you’re going through at the time is very beneficial. Not only can it calm you down, but you can always look back at your writing and realize that you made it through difficult situations and times and see how strong you have become.

Dealing with anxiety is never easy, but following these tips might help in certain situations. Try them out; you might just find a sure-fire way to help not only yourself out, but others as well.

How-to: Avoiding advisement anxiety

It’s that time of the semester once again, Gamecocks. Academic advisement begins next week.

For seniors, this is the last time to gather class times, fill out a trial schedule, make that tiresome trek to meet with an advisor, and get the go-ahead to register.

For freshmen, this is the first time to register with an academic advisor, which is a brand new concept to factor into the chaos that will make up your freshman year of college. Never fear: you’ll have at least seven more times of advisement before it’s time to grab your cap and gown.

One of the most important things to remember when registering for classes is how your time will be managed next semester. With the help of the schedule planner, (found on the left side of your MyJSU links) you can pick the classes that you want and put them into your “cart,” then simply hit submit when registration opens.

In addition to this, you can get a mock schedule for what any given week of next semester will look like. This can be extremely useful to make sure you get a decent lunch break. It’s also an easy way to ensure that you don’t have to sprint from one end of campus to the next without any time in between classes.

In addition to time management, you should make sure that you’re taking a “balanced” schedule. Imagine sitting down at for dinner and eating nothing but vegetables. Now compare that to taking nothing but courses that are required…but not necessarily something that interest you.

Find a class that both fulfills a requirement for your major or minor and is something you find yourself genuinely interested in. This ensures that at least twice a week you will find yourself sitting in a classroom that you actually have a desire to be in.

If you can’t find at least one class that does this every semester, it might be time to reevaluate your major or minor.

Once the classes have been chosen and trial schedules have been given signatures of approval, it’s time for the most monotonous part of the process—waiting. Depending on your class standing (how many hours you have taken so far, not including the current semester), you could be registering Monday and getting one of the first seats in a class…or finding that you missed the cut when registration opens on Friday.

No matter when you register, know the date. If there’s a class that has limited seats, set an alarm and be ready to get up and register ASAP to make sure you have a greater chance of getting into that course. Being prepared is the best way to guarantee your schedule works out the way you planned it to.

Now is the time to decide if you can avoid those awful 7:30 a.m. classes or try to manipulate your schedule so that you can have Fridays off and get a semester full of permanent three-day-weekends. Starting Monday (or Friday, all you athletes and Elite Honors Scholars,) get ready to pick your fate for next semester.

Alex McFry
Associate Editor