How to cope with stress and anxiety

Starting University can be a stressful time. Separation from friends and family, assignments, exams and budgeting all being sprang on you at one time can be a lot to deal with.

How you cope with these issues is key to weather it develops in to a serious health problem.


Signs you may be stressed:

  • Irritability
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Headaches


A bit of stress is normal and helps in challenging situations. In small amounts it's good, because it pushes you to work hard and do your best, including in exams.

However, too much stress could lead to physical and mental problems, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Depression
  • Eating too much or too little 


You can't always fully prevent or get rid of stress, but there are certainly a range of tips and tricks to manage it better and get back to your day-to-day life.

  1. Eat healthy
  2. Exercise (this is key as it releases your endorphins!)
  3. Have some 'me' time
  4. Go outside
  5. Take a breath. Have a break
  6. Meditate (there are a variety of free downloadable apps on the app store/google play store which teach you how to regulate your breathing and relax your body. 'Headspace' and 'Calm' are 2 of the highest rated)


Check out these articles for extra information and help:

Easy time management tips

10 stress busters

Feeling stressed?


Also, during the 16th - 20th April the CSU President is running a mental health campaign. Over the week a series of fun activities wil be ran to raise awareness, and we're proud to be a sponsor fo the week! Keep your eyes peeled for further information on how to get yourself involved for a good cause...

We hope this gave you some insight in to how to get back to your normal self and enjoy the time you have at University.

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