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Stress Awareness Month

Healthy ways to manage stress

April is National Stress Awareness Month, used to bring attention to the negative impacts of stress. Juggling your studies alongside life away from home can be stressful, but knowing how to manage it can help to improve both your mental and physical wellbeing.


It’s an oldie but a goodie – sleep is so important to your lifestyle, but especially important when you’re suffering with stress.

We know it’s easier said than done – noisy housemates and the lure of nights out paired with early 9am lectures can impact your routine, but do try to prioritise your sleep if you can.  

Mindfulness and Meditation

It may seem like a gimmick, but mindfulness and meditation have been linked to lower blood levels and reduced cortisol levels.

A good starting point is downloading a mindfulness app on your phone – the Headspace app has a cheap student plan that’s great for beginners to meditation. You’ll be feeling a bit more zen in no time.  

Move in your own way

It’s easy to tell people to exercise when they’re feeling overwhelmed, but sometimes this doesn’t come naturally to people who don’t already work out.

You can hit the gym, swim some lengths, take a walk outside, or even just dance around your bedroom – whatever gets you moving in a way that you want to.  

Connect with someone

If you’re feeling stressed, there’s a chance the people around you might be too. Opening up to a fellow student, friend or family member can help, and creating a sense of community or togetherness can help to reduce the feeling of being in it alone.  

Remember, if you are struggling and feel like you need support, you can visit one of our Helpzones on campus and speak to one of our trained advisors, or call Nightline, our university listening service, on 01242 714777.