Many students often feel nervous to return back to university after a long summer without any academic stress. We have partnered with Audley Villages to share some useful tips to overcome end of summer anxiety before you return to campus.
Audley Villages has partnered with Neuro-linguistic programming coach Rebecca Lockwood to reveal the best tips and advice for coping with end-of-summer anxiety.
The end of summer often brings with it an abundance of mixed emotions for many of us. With darker nights and shorter days approaching, the change in weather can often cause higher levels of anxiety and sadness. With this in mind, Audley Villages has partnered with Neuro-linguistic programming coach Rebecca Lockwood to reveal the best tips and advice for coping with post-summer anxiety.
Why do we experience increased anxiety at the end of summer?
The end of summer can be a strange time for many of us “When we come to the end of anything it can give people the sense that they may have missed out or should have done something different. When things come to an end we tend to look backwards and question if we have fully embraced it” says Rebecca Lockwood.
Rebecca Lockwood reveals 5 tips on coping with anxiety around the end of summer:
Take things slowly if you can:
If you feel uncomfortable and out of sorts, take things as slow as you feel works for you if you can. Understand that it is normal to feel different as the seasons change.
Check-in with yourself and how you are feeling:
Take notice of how you are feeling and know that this is ok, and it may be uncomfortable. It may even feel as though you are doing things for the first time again as the seasons change and we are able to do different things. And don’t forget about all of the things you did and accomplished throughout the summer – even if you didn’t tick everything off of your list.
Understand that most of the world will also be feeling the same right now, and it’s ok:
A lot of people will be feeling anxious at the moment, and it’s normal to feel this way. Not just because of the end of summer, but as lockdown restrictions continue to ease, there is a lot that can have an impact on your mental wellbeing. Coming back out of your comfort zone can cause the physical effects of anxiety, so be kind to yourself.
Speak to someone about how you feel, don’t just brush it under the rug:
You may be surprised to hear that others are feeling the same and need someone to talk to. By opening up about how you feel and think right now could also help others feeling this way right now. It is always ok to ask for help. Reach out to a friend, family member or a professional if you are concerned at any time about your mental health. Speaking to a therapist, coach or doctor could really help put your mind at ease avoiding a situation occurring at all.
Be kind to yourself:
It is important to not be too hard on yourself. The end of summer can be a tough time for many of us making it essential to be more understanding of your feelings by regularly checking in with yourself and paying attention to your mood.