By Seungkyung Baek |Staff Writer|
Overcoming Anxiety – a workshop with specific instructions, including, managing daily stress and learning relaxation techniques for healthier life, took place on campus.
When people think negative thoughts or ideas, it leads to a chain of stress and anxiety issues. Then they choose to procrastinate to avoid anxiety.
The workshop provided information for students to properly behave and take control of their minds. Students had the opportunity to learned a great deal of helpful information and ways to manage anxiety in the workshop.
“This was a thrive workshop to help students how to manage and handle many anxiety,” said Shane Calhoun, Psychologist Doctor, counselor in counseling & psychological service.
“It generally helped college students with some issues that are common with anxiety,” continued Calhoun.
The workshop discussed the importance of having inner peace, the different levels of stress and how they differ, how students control their behavior and how to relax both their body and mind.
“The main goal of this ‘overcoming anxiety’ workshop was to help people with managing their stress better while except the things that they cannot control,” said Calhoun.
The workshop started with three of basic significant points: having control of what we have the authority to change, the importance of accepting what we cannot control and developing awareness of ones own actions. .
“I suggested that students have to focus on their energy in solving problems and manage precisely what they can control,” continued Calhoun.
The stress management exercises given are easy, if the participant is willing to follow the correct steps.
For instance a process he gave us was; control the area around you, welcome everything, ground yourself in the present, deep breathe and relax the body.
Many college students went through arising anxiety, a term of academic anxiety.
Especially during midterm and final exams, students become nervous and get stressed.
“Stress is one of the biggest obstacles to being a successful student because students get overwhelmed, procrastinate and don’t manage their time well,” said Calhoun.
“Anxiety is one of the biggest factor’s for procrastinating thus causing people giving up on studies tasks,” continued Calhoun
Some students expressed their opinions about the advantageous of this workshop.
“It was a very helpful workshop and allowing me to understand the reason for stress and anxiety, how happens and how I can manage it,” said student Krista Dena.
“This event explained practical information to me because I learned about new types of stresses, such as clean stress and dirty stress,” said Hector Navarro, student.
Doctor Calhoun indicated that short term symptoms can be solved in short time whereas long term effect could be a little more serious to get relaxed.
“This workshop was informative and useful since i always procrastinate. It showcased the ways I need to control my own choices for my body and mind,” said Cristian Garcia-Ramirez.
The workshop informed students not only to understand different kinds of stress and anxiety but also emphasized how to manage anxiety with specific ways both of body and mind.
The workshop was held at the Lower Commons, Panorama Room, on Nov. 8, from noon to 1 p.m.