Learning to cope with stress can be the key to a happy, healthy university experience. Take a deep breath, let it out - and find a strategy that works for you!
What you can do
- Focus on things you’re able to change: There is little benefit, and lots of stress, in worrying about things that are beyond your control.
- Focus on the positives, and avoid negative thinking: Dwelling on negatives can use up the energy you have to deal with the stress.
- Build a network of social support:This offers important benefits, both physical and psychological.
- Take care of your relationships: Those around us can be affected by our stress and then our relationships can become part of the problem, rather than part of the solution.
- Learn to delegate and accept help: It’s okay to say "No."
- Learn to prioritize: Take on one task at a time.
- Look after your health: Enjoy nutritious foods, get regular moderate exercise and sufficient sleep, cut down on caffeine, alcohol, and energy drinks, and if you smoke, try to quit.
- Acknowledge your successes along the way: And remember to reward yourself.
- Take time to relax and have fun: Be with friends, and enjoy life outside the classroom.