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#HighlySensitivePeople: Reducing going back to school for college students. (Part 3)

Transitioning to college can be a major life change that triggers anxiety for many students, including those who are highly sensitive or introverted. Here are some strategies to help reduce back-to-school anxiety for college students:
  1. Campus Familiarization:
    • Attend campus tours or orientation events to become familiar with the layout and facilities before the semester starts.
  2. Connect with Peers:
    • Join online forums, social media groups, or attend pre-college meetups to connect with other incoming students.
  3. Supportive Environment:
    • Create a comfortable and organized living space in your dorm or apartment to provide a sense of security.
  4. Plan a Routine:
    • Establish a daily routine that balances academics, social activities, self-care, and relaxation.
  5. Break Down Tasks:
    • Break down larger tasks, such as studying for exams or completing assignments, into smaller, manageable steps.
  6. Seek Campus Resources:
    • Familiarize yourself with campus resources, such as counseling services, academic advisors, and tutoring centers.
  7. Time Management Skills:
    • Develop effective time management techniques to handle coursework, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities.
  8. Personal Space:
    • Designate a quiet and comfortable space on campus or off-campus where you can retreat and recharge.
  9. Balance Socializing:
    • Balance social activities with alone time to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
  10. Healthy Lifestyle:
    • Prioritize healthy habits, including regular exercise, balanced nutrition, and adequate sleep.
  11. Stay Connected:
    • Maintain communication with friends and family back home to have a support system outside of campus.
  12. Set Realistic Goals:
    • Set achievable academic and personal goals, acknowledging that college is a learning experience.
  13. Limit Comparisons:
    • Avoid constant comparisons to others, as this can increase feelings of inadequacy.
  14. Social Skills Building:
    • Attend networking events, workshops, or social gatherings to practice and improve social skills.
  15. Time for Self-Care:
    • It’s important to set aside time for self-care activities you enjoy.
  16. Professional Help:
    • If anxiety persists and significantly affects your well-being, seek support from the college’s counseling services or a mental health professional.

Can you offer any other suggestions? I’m interested in any thoughts or comments that you have.

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