I have been stressing so much because of midterms. I’m starting to notice that I have no desire to eat, I’m losing weight, and it feels like my heart is racing and I can’t breathe whenever I think about my grades. What’s wrong with me?
Hello! It sounds like you have a lot of things on your plate right now, and it is completely understandable that you feel worried about midterms. From what you’ve said, it sounds like you might be experiencing anxiety brought on by stress, or possibly an anxiety disorder. Disturbed sleep patterns and appetite, rapid heart rate, and uncontrollable fear are all symptoms of anxiety. Anxiety seems to be brought on by extreme stress and it may or may not be a chronic condition. I would definitely recommend going to see one of the counselors at Counseling Services for a better view of what is going on. In a case like you are describing it is important to consult with a professional. When you are there, be sure to ask about tips to manage your anxiety in a healthy way. When I get stressed I like to talk to someone, eat balanced meals, exercise, and meditate.
Anxiety might seem like something that you can manage on your own but it is definitely in your best interest to seek professional help!
If you need another push to seek counseling just remember that the first session is FREE! In the meantime, try to look up some coping or relaxation strategies like deep breathing, writing, meditation, singing, or even just going for a walk whenever you feel incredibly stressed. You could also join us for a StressLess workshop or a massage in the Health Promotion office! And don’t forget about Stressbusters-you can find them around campus giving out free 5-7 minute back rubs!
Take care and breathe deeply,
-The Health Nuts