Circular thinking is one of the worst parts of general anxiety, depending on who you ask. This is when the end of one anxious thought leads right back to another, trapping you in a cyclone of worried behavior. It prevents you from getting anything done, and can keep you awake at night worrying over things you can’t control. It’s common for college students, especially in high–anxiety inducing periods of school, like the introductory periods where everything is starting at once, or exams. So we’ve put together five ways of mentally extracting yourself from this rut to help you start the new year strong.