Stress and Anxiety

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Stress & Anxiety

                                     

We know that university can often be stressful at times, with coursework, deadlines and exams adding to other demands outside of the classroom. A small amount of stress is normal to everyday life, but unmanageable stress and anxiety can be unhealthy, both physically and psychologically. It’s important to seek help if you’re unable to control your worries and stress is impacting your daily life.

Stress and anxiety can produce both physical and psychological symptoms. People experience stress and anxiety differently. Common physical symptoms include:

  • Stomach ache
  • muscle tension
  • headache
  • rapid breathing
  • fast heartbeat
  • sweating
  • shaking
  • dizziness
  • change in appetite
  • trouble sleeping
  • fatigue

Stress and anxiety can cause mental or emotional symptoms in addition to physical ones, including:

  • feelings of impending doom
  • panic or nervousness, especially in social settings
  • difficulty concentrating
  • irrational anger
  • restlessness

 

There are many ways of combatting stress and anxiety by taking some very simple steps that you can do yourself, such as breathing exercises.

 

Try listening to this free exercise from the Mental Health Foundation which can be listened to whenever you feel tense and is a simple and great way to calm your mind and body down:

 

 

 

In Sheffield, No Panic Sheffield is a local charity that supports and helps people to overcome their anxiety problems and to give them a more positive outlook, providing support for people who have panic attacks, phobias, OCD and other related anxiety disorders. No Panic run self-help sessions, twice a week in the city centre.

Wind Down also has a lot of techniques, activities and information to help you relax and relieve stress – try some of the activities and let us know which ones work for you!