Health and Wellbeing

7 easy tips to reduce your stress

Do you have trouble getting a good night’s sleep? Do you find it difficult to concentrate, and do you feel irritable and anxious? Have you lost your appetite? Do you go over things in your head? Our Counselling, Health & Wellbeing team offer some useful tips to help …

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This list is not conclusive, but it sounds like you might be stressed …


Here are some tips which might help you reduce your stress levels:-

 

1. Ask yourself why

Do a bit of thinking and figure out what is making you feel stressed and why.

It may help to talk this through with friends or family. Once you know what triggers your feelings of stress, you can look at changing your behavior or putting into place tricks to help you reduce it.

 

2. Do the things you love

Meeting your friends to have fun, reading a book, watching a film; whatever it is, make sure you don’t neglect it as it will help you feel more relaxed.

 

3. Eat healthily 

A balanced diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables will help strengthen your immune system.

You might like to read our blog on eating well on a budget.

 

4. Exercise 

As it helps your body produce endorphins. Endorphins make you feel good! It will also help you clear your thoughts, so you will be able to think more calmly, and will help you sleep better.

Why not go for a brisk 30-minute walk? Or explore the University’s Sport Services ? They have a fitness centre, a strength and conditioning centre, and offer a wide variety of classes – you’re bound to find something you like!

 

5. Sleep

Some people find a quick 20-minute nap helps increase productivity. So, turn your phone on silent, shut your laptop – and have a snooze.

 

6.  Try our online support programme

Why not try our online support programme, called SilverCloud (via the University Intranet). The programme has four different options to choose from (you can do all four, if you like!):

  • Space from depression
  • Space from anxiety
  • Space from stress
  • Space for positive body image

Each programme consists of modules to be completed in your own time and at your own pace over approximately 8 weeks. The modules contain text, video and audio clips, as well as activities and quizzes that you can complete as you go along.

 

7. Know when you need to go see your GP
If you’ve tried some of these self-help techniques and they are not working for you, please do go and see your GP. Sometimes stress can cause health problems, so it is important to have a health professional check you over. They may suggest other techniques for you to try, or recommend other forms of support.

 

Come and see us
Find out about some useful apps, or helpful resources that can help you reduce stress. Come see a member of our team during our drop-in service – we’ll be more than happy to show you some practical solutions:

  • Monday – Friday, 3.00 – 3.45pm, 50 Park Place
  • Wednesday, 09.30 – 10.15, 50 Park Place

 

The Counselling, Health & Wellbeing team are used to dealing with all manner of things. Our team of professionals offer a confidential service that aims to support students. Please contact us in confidence by email, telephone or call in, whichever suits you best.

 

Best wishes
Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team

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