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We have also written a lot related to common problems that the students have been observed to face in various situations.
As We believe-
Counseling does not indicate that you are helpless or incapable of solving your problems.
Various Common Problems
Do you know what day is today? Yeah, it’s Sunday and you are busy mugging up your subjects in the library, probably. Midterms are around the corner and Wellness Center wishes you all the best for your exams. Amidst this busy schedule, we would like you to know about an alarming issue, Self-harm.
March 01 is observed as Self injury awareness day which strives to break down the common stereotypes surrounding self-harm and to educate medical professionals about the condition.
Self-harm is often misunderstood, it goes beyond physically harming oneself. One person’s desire to intentionally harm their body may seem inexplicable to an outside observer. Self-injury is the projection of a person’s mental pain on their bodies as an expression of their emotions or sometimes just a plain distraction.
Self-harm could come in forms of cutting, burning or choking/suffocating oneself.
Quick lookouts for such behavior could be:
- Wearing multiple bandages
- Reluctance to show body parts like forearms, arms
- Any new, unexplained injuries that are not healing well
- Wearing long sleeves or pants all year long
Being aware of this issue will help you understand and empathize, will help banish judgment and fear, and reduce the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence. Raising awareness about self-injury is about educating people who do not self-injure, and reaching out to people who do.
“You can’t always control what goes on outside. But you can always control what goes on inside.”
ANXIETY is a normal reaction to danger, the body’s automatic fight-or-flight response that is triggered when you feel threatened, under pressure, or is facing a challenging situation, such as a job interview, exam, or first date. In moderation, anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can help you to stay alert and focused, spur you to action, and motivate you to solve problems.
But when anxiety is constant or overwhelming—when worries and fears interfere with your relationships and daily life—you’ve likely crossed the line from normal anxiety into the territory of an ANXIETY DISORDER.
Well, you must be wondering right now :
Do I have an anxiety disorder?
To be fair, if you identify with any of the following signs and symptoms, and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder:
- Feelings of apprehension or dread; “I can’t sleep—I just feel such dread… and I don’t know why!”
- Watching for signs of danger
- Anticipating the worst; What if? fears
- Trouble concentrating on anything
- Pounding heart
- Excessive Sweating
- Upset stomach
- Shortness of Breath
But, don’t worry because “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
Here are some tips to lower anxiety and manage symptoms of a disorder:
- Connect with others; share your thoughts/apprehensions openly with others.
- Practice relaxation techniques such as Guided Imagery, Mindfulness meditation, etc.
- Exercise regularly for atleast 30 minutes.
- Get enough sleep.
- Be smart about caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine consumption.
- Put a stop to chronic worrying; don’t worry over something that you can’t control.
Relax, “It’s okay not to do everything at once. Take your time.”