Managing stress

This resource identifies signs that you may be stressed, outlines some strategies to relieve stress, and identifies services for further support.

What are the signs that you may be stressed?

University study can be stressful: keeping up with the workload, balancing work, study, and family commitments, as well as maintaining a social life can be challenging. Stress can build up throughout the session; therefore, it is recommended that you keep notice on these warning signs of stress:

How do I deal with stress?

Dealing with stress can be difficult. We will outline some tips to deal with stress below, but if you feel particularly overwhelmed, we recommend you contact UOW Counselling Services and book an appointment with a professional counsellor.

Improve your physical health

Improving your physical health is an excellent method to relieve stress. There are many ways that you can improve your physical health, including:

  • Moving around more.
  • Spend less time sitting.
  • Find physical activities that you enjoy doing; you are more likely to do them!
  • Joining the gym or a sport club. Visit UniActive to find out more about the available activities for students.

Eat well

Food fuels the body and the brain. Some simple tips to improve your diet include:

  • Eating smaller, more regular meals.
  • Increasing your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
  • Trying to eat fewer takeout meals.
  • Drinking enough water.

Sleep well

Plan your sleep schedule!

  • Use a calendar or organiser to manage your time
  • Make sure you leave a realistic amount for rest
  • Aim to sleep seven to nine hours every night.

Manage your time well and stay organised

Staying on top of your tasks will minimise stress. Take a look at our Time Management and Staying Organised resources for some strategies to keep you on track and organised throughout session.

Where can I find help?

UOW Counselling provides free and confidential counselling.

UOW Counselling tips for managing stress page for video resources and activities.

UOW Pulse Wellbeing is a free initiative for students to help you maintain a healthy, happy life balance. During session, the team runs regular events, workshops, and seminars to provide you with the tools and information to look after your wellbeing.