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Hi I'm in college and I have severe anxiety and panic attacks, especially when it comes to school. I am paralyzed by fear. How do I overcome this and get my work done without panicking and shutting down?

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Last Updated: 07/03/2018 at 2:08pm
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February 16th, 2017 2:31pm
There's a few things I know of. One is grounding- it's similar to mindfulness. Name 5 things you can see, 4 things you can hear, 3 things you can touch, 2 things you can taste, and 1 good thing about yourself. As for time management, there's the pomodoro technique. 25 minutes of hard work followed by a ten minute break. tomatotimer. com has the timer built in for this. Good luck!
March 8th, 2017 7:10pm
Take time out of your schedule to just be. Listen to a meditation or mindfulness on youtube for anxiety calm down, or watch your favorite thing. Take things one at a time, and just try to do the next right thing. Instead of thinking of everything at once. I know it's easier said than done. good luck
November 21st, 2017 4:55am
Set a goal for yourself. Tell yourself "I will get X done by X time. Reward yourself if you've completed it. If not, that's okay too. Just remember that asking for help from someone is okay too!
December 1st, 2017 12:11am
Find/get a friend(s) who can help you get through it. Think of calming things like rippling water, nature. Take time to just relax.
March 12th, 2018 4:24pm
To handle panic attacks and get work done is if you are having it than leave the place to calm down or getting all your work done than finding a spot or someone to help you ease your panic attacks.
July 3rd, 2018 2:08pm
It might be helpful to create a schedule for yourself that goes beyond classes - like when you are going to study for each precise class and to do the work. Short of anything unexpected like an emergency, stick to this schedule.
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