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Managing Stress

Managing Stress

Start by identifying the source of stress and how you usually deal with stress.

Unhealthy ways to deal with stress include drinking, smoking, overeating, becoming reclusive and taking stress out on others. If you notice yourself relying on these methods to deal with stress, it's worth seeing someone about it.

For students, stress tends to come in phases with exams and essay deadlines. Careful time management is important, including giving yourself time to rest and relax. Having a revision schedule can help keep you on top of your work and ensure you factor in time for breaks.

Avoid unnecessary stress by not taking on more than you can handle and try not to compare yourself to others.

Eating healthily and exercising are good ways to reduce stress leves. If you find yourself panicking breathing exercises help to calm things down.

With stress coming from personal problems it can really help to talk to someone you trust, remembering “ a problem shared is a problem halved”.

If your stress is getting too much to handle or is present over an unexpectedly long period of time, make an appointment to see your doctor or a student counsellor/ practitioner. They will know how to spot if it is just stress or a deeper anxiety issue which they will help you to manage.

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