Today’s blog is going to be a little more serious, as it was something I experienced earlier this week, and find extremely important to talk about. I’d like to take the time to talk about counselling services offered on campus, and a little bit about anxiety.
I know everyone’s starting to crack down on school work grades, etcetera, but the toll can pile up. I witnessed a friend of mine go through a severe panic attack on campus (completely unrelated to school stress), and I can’t stress enough how important it is to talk to people.The experience itself was traumatic on its own just to watch, and the consequences of keeping all the stress and emotions finally piled up inside her and let loose. Without hesitation my friends and I immediately ran over to be of help, and later contacted multiple school services to help calm her down. I have no experience myself on dealing with panic attacks… In the past I’ve dealt with my own anxiety attacks rather poorly, but never contacted people for help.
That on its own was my first mistake. She is doing much better now, but at the same time I still can’t shake off how much that experience has affected me. In the past I had no idea how much my anxiety affected other people, purely because I wasn’t the one watching. This experience has helped me realize how hard it is for both parties– one to experience, and one to watch, and how important it is to talk to people. Communication is key for everything, and as I stated in my vlog, it’s something I regret not taking advantage of. Conestoga College offers multiple services to help everyone, no matter how big or small the problem. I’ve found through friends venting is a small way to relieve myself of stress, and that’s something I didn’t really have prior. I myself am terrified of talking to strangers, but the feeling of expressing my emotions is a far better reward than bundling everything inside of me. Take advantage of these resources guys, these people are here to help you.
On a far less serious note, I’d like to add that my reading week is currently a blast. I’ve spent the first little bit going out with friends, and experiencing new things. My homework starts today though, so it’s time for me to buckle down. Until next time everyone.