Annie, Student Intern for the Counselling Health and Wellbeing team tells us more about what happened on National Stress Awareness day, and how to effectively prevent and relieve stress…
So Wednesday 4th November saw the return of National Stress Awareness Day, a day devoted to raising awareness about stress, the symptoms, and the strategies to relieve and prevent stress. Here’s how we were promoting stress awareness to help Cardiff Uni students.
Did you meet our new Wellbeing Champions or Marketing Interns?
Our new Wellbeing Champions were raising awareness and giving out resources to tackle and reduce feelings of stress. You might have noticed our new Wellbeing Champions located in the union, giving out stress balls, monitors and other freebies such as sweets and pens to promote stress prevention and also to raise awareness of the universities services.
We also had Will, Phoebe and Vikki our Student Marketing Interns out and about in Academic Schools handing out our Stress Monitor Cards and encouraging students to take part in our De-Stress Competition.
7 tops tips to help you relieve and prevent stress
From all the information we gathered from Cardiff students, we have compiled a list of our 7 top tips to de-stress:
- Mindfulness: locate a class near you or download one of the many apps, such as headspace
- Exercise: join a sports society or your local gym, or even go to your local park
- Having a hot bath or shower
- Talking to friends or family
- Eating healthily: try some bbc good food for some healthy student recipes and tips on how to eat mindfully
- Reading or having a nap
- Listening to music: students can download Spotify for free, or can purchase Spotify premium for half the price (4.99 a month) with a UNiDAYS account
And our winning tip was…
Ways in which you can gain further help and support
Access SilverCloud in your own time
Our online Support Service can be accessed 24 hours per day, and which could help you with your wellbeing while you are a student at Cardiff University. We offer 4 computer-based therapeutic programmes, targeted towards some commonly-experienced problems which students may face:
- ‘Space from Depression’ which targets symptoms of depression
- ‘Space from Anxiety’ which helps deal with worry and anxious thoughts
- ‘Space from Stress’ which targets stress
- ‘Space for Positive Body Image’ which helps deal with concerns around body image and self-esteem.
Attend our Workshops
- Book now for Deep breath: Managing Anxiety and Stress on Mon 30 November, 14:00-16:00, Sir Donald Walters Room, 3rd floor, Students’ Union
This workshop runs each term and is aimed at helping you manage anxiety and stress. We will explore what anxiety and stress look like and how they are maintained, as well as cover some practical strategies that you can use to improve how you are.
- Book now for Stress Management on Tues 1 December, 17:30-19:30, CSEV, 2nd floor, Students’ Union
This workshop is aimed at helping students manage their stress levels. We will look at what stress is and try to understand how this affects us in terms of our thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and behaviour. We will cover strategies that will support you to recognise what triggers your stress and to manage stressful thoughts and feelings. Finally, we will look at calming our stress levels and various relaxation methods, including mindfulness.
Contact us and we can help
We have friendly and approachable staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space. Please access our drop-in from Monday-Friday 3-3:45pm for a 10-15 non-bookable appointment to have an initial chat with us or, alternatively, please refer into our service by completing our referral questionnaire.
If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you are yet to register with a GP, please find a GP.
Annie, Student Intern Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team
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