This time of transitioning to college represents the natural next step in life and kids should have a "healthy" dose of anxiety and excitement. Geez, not every uncomfortable feeling needs to be "treated". Learn to tolerate a little stress, will ya'? Adulthood is a very tense time of life. Get ready. It lasts for about 50 years.
In 2014, 1 million adult coloring books were sold. In 2015, 12 million were sold. Why?
Coloring clears the mind, relaxes the body and narrows the focus. It's an opportunity to distract from the chaos swirling around us. It's not an activity that is goal-oriented or requires masterful skills such as knitting or quilting and there is a minimal amount of materials. You can put it down at any time, walk away and come back to it like a puzzle.
Because your mind wanders when you're coloring, it's an opportunity for the it to consider "other things". Research has proven that when you get "stuck" with a problem, shifting gears and doing something else and returning to the problem actually helps to solve it. Shifting gears causes dopamine to dump. Dopamine is the reward "juice" of the brain.
Many campuses are also offering students "napping room", puppies to play with, chair massages and yoga.
Boy, life was sure different when I was in college. That's all I'm gonna say. I've gotta go to my "safe space" now where no one dares to hurt my feelings.
Just do the best you can. As my mother would say, "This, too, shall pass".