There are a lot of distractions in the life of a student. Many things that keep you away from learning and from being productive. Things that seem just so enormously more fun and enjoyable than studying. But then there are also your dreams. Dreams of your own future, dreams of who you want to be, dreams of things you want to accomplish, experience or conquer. That is a perfect base for internal conflicts and for the not so enjoyable struggle between learning and going out.
But what part has our level of anxiety in this conflict?
Anxiety can be very painful and frightening. Therefore, we humans developed many strategies to overcome or escape, to conquer or distract ourselves form these problems that cause anxiety. Here, overcoming and escaping marks two kinds of behaviours we engage in when faced with these problems. These are called maladaptive and adaptive coping behaviours. One is distinguished from the other through the way of how we solve the problem. Some people are more into facing the problem and actively dealing with it (adaptive) and others tend to escape from it. Engaging more in endless nights and use ways to escape the reality and consciousness of these emotions (maladaptive). To really know which kind of coping behaviour is more prevalent in which emotional state is of great importance for mental health care. Assessing these coping behaviours and related emotions helps us to understand and in becoming more conscious of the way we deal with our emotions and of what actually helps. Hopefully, such studies then help us to choose and practice the right way of coping with our problems, on our way towards our dreams. (Your research group 25)