Some people are aware of what triggers stress for them and this helps them
prevent the stress or handle it more effectively. This can take a lot of
practice and insight, and a lot of people can’t identify individual events or
causes, or avoid causes they can identify. If you often experience stress,
think about what triggers it for you and try to think of some ways to make
it easier on yourself (eg ensuring that emails are checked at least once a
day means it cannot get to the stage of high levels of stress).
Identify what causes you stress and act on it
Try to identify what causes you stress, and the things that you
can control and manage better. If there are things that are out of your control,
try to see how you operate better around them. Try not to simply avoid things that
cause you stress, but find ways to work round them - it will make you feel stronger
and more able to cope.
Try to find an even balance of work, things you have to do,
and things you like to do. Always working and not spending time with friends and
family can cause stress, as can doing it the other way round!
Exercising regularly will give you more energy in the long run and
you will feel better able to deal with problems around you. Being fitter also means
fewer health concerns if you are stressed.
Try to eat a healthy diet. In the long run you will feel healthier, fitter
and more energetic
If sleeping is difficult, try to follow good sleeping practice – get
up earlier than you want to, go to bed earlier, and try not to engage in tasks that
engage your brain too much directly before going to bed. Studying last thing at night
means our brains are engaged in thinking about the work, not sleeping.
Learn calming techniques
Breathing exercises, meditation and mindfulness are all
calming techniques that can help you to relax.
Get help from others
Talk to friends, family or colleagues
Don’t assume the level of stress you feel is normal for everyone. Talk to those around you and share your worries (if this is
Speak to your department – if you are feeling stress related to study pressures it’s a good idea to talk about this with your
personal tutor. They may be able to help.
Contact your Student Services Hub
Speak to someone in your Student Services Hub – visit or contact us. This can be the
first step in seeing a counsellor, psychotherapist or other wellbeing practitioner. There are also support groups available as well as