3 Hobbies to Help Reduce Your Anxiety About Going Away to School

By: Judi Robinovitz | Last Updated: August 22, 2015

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Soon you'll be packing up your clothes and laptop and a bunch of other things and heading off to college. You're likely excited and nervous and a hundred other emotions — did we mention nervous? — but don't worry, because it's going to be great (that's some of Mom's positive thinking for you). Start battling those new-kid-on-campus nerves with these hobbies that help reduce anxiety:

Listening to Music

Mimicking the natural rhythms of nature, the beat of the human heart and the repetitive pattern of breathing, music undeniably has one of the most calming effects on humans outside of a mother's arms. Used for over a millennia,
lullabies along with mother's soothing hums have carried more babies off to sleep than any other practice in humanity.

A recent study by the University of Nevada at Reno suggests that music of a slow tempo can not only relax the mind but produce measurable increased elasticity throughout the body including muscles and tendons. Music has a calming influence on the human psyche. Drifting away to the rhythm of melodic Spanish guitar or the distant sounds of Chopin, music has a profound effect within the mind and has been used since the earliest writings of man to evoke peace and tranquility.

Gone Fishin'

Clear your schedule, grab your pole and pack the cooler — few things are as rewarding or relaxing at spending the day on the water. Whether fresh water fishing for large mouth bass on a lake, pulling in rainbow trout or reeling in rock fish, fishing has long been a catalyst for creating patience and a bona fide method of meditation.

Satisfied with the simple task of observing a bobber floating on water, the mind is able to rid itself of all other concerns and is perhaps the reason people will sit all day long, lazily gazing across a blank canvas of water. Not only is fishing beneficial to the conservation of the mind, it's also easy on the wallet.

When fishing, be sure to keep all required documents with you. Mandatory permits and state licenses may include state-specific boating requirements and other regional qualifications.

Take a Hike

Few things compare to the sunshine on your face, a cool breeze in your hair and the smell of pines while hanging your feet in a mountain stream. How seldom many of us allow ourselves to replenish our inner souls by being in and absorbing the life giving essence of nature. Even if only for a weekend, the ripple of a lake, the fading rays of light against distant mountains, and the sounds of cool wind rustling through the pines, nature offers for an unmatched lure of peace and tranquility. Check out this article on azcentral.com about how hiking can reduce anxiety.

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