Q. Have you got any tips on how to avoid getting stressed?
The following could help you to control any anxiety and stress you may feel:
1 Understand university requirements - Ensure that you are aware of what you need to do and by when. Recognise that university learning is often undertaken alone and be prepared to use your time to study in a way that works for you.
2 Thoughts, feelings and behaviours cycle (Rosenberg, 1965) This may help you to identify the relationship between 'what you think' and 'what you feel and therefore 'how you behave'.
3 Challenge negative thoughts If you have thoughts such as 'I cannot do this' or 'I am useless', challenge them. What is the evidence for them? Think of situations when you have achieved success and been proud of yourself.
4 Take care of yourself Make sure that you give yourself time to do activities you enjoy and find relaxing, for instance swimming, singing or drawing. Nobody can study continuously, and if you plan your week efficiently you will not need to. Make sure you eat healthily and regularly. Try to get into a routine which works to reduce your stress patterns.
5 University support services The University employs qualified staff who can help you in many different ways, such as Academic Skills Tutors, Careers Advisers, Counsellors, Multi Faith Chaplains and Student Guidance Advisers. Make use of the services available in order to help you to feel confident about your studies and manage your stress.
The Mental Health Foundation also have good online resources which may be worth investigating. Websites are listed under the online resources tab to the right.
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