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.
Happiness webinar series
The happiness webinar series includes questions for reflection, discussion of 10 keys to happier living, and practical action steps that can be taken in our daily lives.
Mindfulness meditation is about being aware in the present moment. We spend a lot of time focusing on what happened in the past and worrying about the future, and this distracts us from what we want to do in the moment. It also creates a lot of stress! But with mindfulness we can learn to slow down and appreciate the present.