For me, and this also happened this past summer, I got lazy with my lifestyle that I had used to help me with my anxiety and, like you, anxiety started to re-enter my life . . . I have returned to school as a full time student which has been anxiety provoking for me because I have been away from full time school for many, many, many years . . . but, I also returned to my former lifestyle . . . .it has been about a month and I am still working on it but that is * me * . . . .this does not mean that it will take you as long and it may take you longer . . . .the key for me was to persevere as my body became re-accustomed to the good lifestyle . . . for me, anytime I change my lifestyle, it takes a while for my body and mind to readjust . . . .sometimes I have to be very, very conscious of what I am doing . . .for example, over summer, I started skipping meals, going to bed at irregular hours, etc. etc. In a way, my body really thought this was great because I was not making it pay attention . . . but, of course, there is a price to pay . . . now, as I get my mind and body back into a more structured lifestyle, anxiety is not happy and it tries to tempt me away . . .but, for me, I know a regular schedule (which I have had to modify because of class but that is okay so long as it is a structured schedule) provides my body with a sense of consistency; I have loads of assignments and readings, etc., but I maintain a regular going to bed time and what gets done gets done (I figure I won't do any better in my courses if I am suffering bouts of anxiety and it does take the enjoyment factor away); I work at being very positive in working with my classmates (all our assignments are collaborative) so that any negativity is diminished not only for me but for the other people in the groups . . .
So, my suggestions would be: 1. give yourself time and do not criticize yourself for not moving as quickly as you would like --- it is a process and not an event; 2. get back to exercising and do it consistently (it does not have to be training for a triatholon, just a routine; 3. despite anxiety, go to bed at a regular time to get your body trained when to expect sleep (yeah, I know this is hard when you are in school but for now you may have to make some tough decisions; 4. give yourself a break and do work into the schedule some "fun" time --- but go easy on the alcohol and caffeine (both will steal sleep and consistency from your lifestyle); 5. spend time with a friend or friends if it is just for a chat; 6. get organized with your commitments, both school and social, so you can prioritize and feel accomplished as you knock off the items; and 7. before you get to the point of feeling overwhelmed, check out your Student Services ---- it is better to offset anxiety when it firms appears than to let it get too great of a foothold . . . Student Services can advise you and refer you to professionals to help guide you until you feel you can manage your anxiety and, if nothing else, if you need due accommodation for classes, assignments, exams, they can bridge the process between you and your profs . . . . more than anything, know that we will do our best here on the forum to support you . . .. please let us know how you are doing, okay? Take care, kc