Samantha Gauvain is an Official CAPA’s Blogger for Fall 2014, sharing her story in weekly CAPA World posts. A Journalism major at Arizona State University, she is studying abroad in Dublin this semester.
In this week’s post, Samantha talks about dealing with anxiety while studying abroad and how it is important to continue to exercise, eat healthy and not be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
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*Cue heavy breathing*
My caffeine problems have finally been resolved (thank god… I overestimated my tolerance for freeze-dried coffee grounds) and I am now free to drink coffee until my heart stops. Or until I break my miniature French press. While I am happy to have a quality cup of brew to accompany my morning oatmeal and fruit, I’m afraid to say the availability of good coffee presents a new host of problems. Insomnia and sleep deprivation are obvious consequences of drinking a cup of coffee at eight o’clock at night. From personal experience I don’t recommend making this a habit, however much you’d like to run through the streets of Dublin during the wee hours of the morning. What starts as one late night cup of coffee turns into a late morning cup of coffee. And it’s a necessary part of your morning if you want to reduce your zombie-like appearance and make yourself a bit more human for your Irish history class. I swear to you German students, I don’t usually look this crazy. Your guidance counselors have warned you, your parents have warned you, that little inner voice hiding behind caffeine-induced personality quirks is saying it: sleep is good. You need it to live a healthy lifestyle and to make the most of your study abroad experience; no one wants to hang out with the zombie-esque foreigner who’s been staring at a statue in Dublin Castle for the past five minutes. That leads me to the point of this coffee fable: coping with anxiety while studying abroad.