National Stress Awareness Month takes place throughout April, a month to take time to recognise the impact stress has and to help shed light on how people can lower their stress levels.
As good as university is and the fun you can have, many students have a lot to be stressed about and sometimes, especially when it’s not managed, it can be overwhelming. If you’re feeling stressed, why not take time this National Stress Awareness Month to help learn ways to reduce your stress, but also to be there for friends who might be struggling with their own stress.
NSAM is not only to encourage stress reduction but to raise awareness in general because too often, stress related issues aren’t taken seriously enough despite the rising talks around mental health. Stress can impact both mental and physical health which is why this month is so important. It can also ease the reluctance to talk about stress, making it easier for people to take breaks and focus on mindfulness.
The Stress Management Society suggest taking the ’30 Day Challenge’ for NSAM, where you do something each day for your mental, emotional and physical wellbeing stating that it takes ‘30 days to turn actions into habits’. By doing this, you’ll develop skills and techniques that can influence your wellbeing and lower your stress levels.
The society also has plenty of resources available for National Stress Awareness Month and to help you get started with the 30 Day Challenge. If you’re interested, check out their website here. If you’re wanting some advice tailored specifically for you, head to our Student Advice Centre website page where you can find self-help resources with advice on wellbeing. We also have a list of external providers who may be able to help. Find out more here.
Please see below for blog posts on how to deal with stress from the benefits of meditation to exam stress tips. We also have lots of resources and useful website links on how you can look after your mental health and wellbeing, including advice and support as well as breathing techniques and home workouts you can try to keep those stress levels at bay.
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