So you know you’re not alone, we’ve listed a few of the most common causes of student stress and popped in a couple of tips to help you manage them.
Common causes of student stress
Money, money, money
Your loan doesn’t last a lifetime and don’t you know it! It doesn’t help when you’re buying big name brands, and grabbing the 3-for-2 offers when you'll struggle to get through 1 is easily done.
Every student’s nightmare, relying on others to show up and do the work can be stressful.
Securing a job
Whether you are applying for a placement, work experience or a grad job it can be tough. With so much competition it can sometimes feel like you are destined to be unemployed.
Lectures, socialising, exercising, cleaning - the list goes on... Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day.
Flatmates, boyfriends, girlfriends… Struggling to form or sustain relationships at uni can be a stressful experience - as is putting up with people who are overpowering and negative!
So what should you do?
Make a timetable, but DON'T overload. Prioritise what you need to do first and what can afford to wait. Keep time for yourself - it'll help you calm and rationalise what you need to do.
Make a weekly budget and stick to it! Just be practical with what you can afford to splurge on. Check out the Spending Tracker app to help you try to budget.
For group work, figure out the best way to communicate, set check-in points and aim to finish a few days before the deadline (accidents happen!). If people aren't pulling their weight, talk to your lecturer.
Doing sport at least once a week is the best way to reduce stress. It helps your body produce endorphins, which make you feel good. Even daily walks of 30 minutes can help reduce stress levels.
Try to see the positive side
You wouldn't have made it to where you are if you weren't capable of the tasks at hand. You can do it!
Don't forget, you can speak to our Student Support Services about any of your money, health, wellbeing and counselling concerns.