Who said being a student was easy?
You might think you're the ONLY one struggling, but with all the different things going on at uni, everyone starts to feel the pressure from time to time.
It's when these worries start to interfere with your day-to-day life, or dramatically change your mood that it might be more serious than you realise.
Rather than leaving it to get the better of you, try to identify the cause of your stress, and tackle it sooner. Do any of these sound familiar?
Here are 5 of the most common causes of student stress...
- Workload/Time Management
Lectures, socialising, exercising, cleaning - the list goes on... Sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day.
- Money Matters
It certainly does! But buying big name brands, and grabbing the 3-for-2 offers when you'll struggle to get through 1 is easily done.
Struggling to form or sustain relationships at uni can be a stressful experience - as is putting up with people who are overpowering and negative!
- Group Projects
As if trusting your own ability wasn't hard enough, lecturers want you to trust other people's as well?! That's on top of arranging meetings, getting people to show up and actually giving input...
Whether it's a presentation, applying for a placement year, or for a job when you graduate, being in competition with others can put you under immense pressure.
So, what can 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.
- Sensible spending
Don't stop buying your favourites, just be practical with what you can afford to splurge on. Check out the Spending Tracker app to help you try to budget.
Try talking to a flatmate or friend about your worries, or join a society or club to keep busy and form new relationships - it's not too late. Isolating yourself will make things seem worse.
- Take control
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.
- Be positive
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 let the stress take over...
There are other things you can do to help minimise your chances of feeling stressed. Avoid substances high in fat or sugars as these can aggravate stress levels and take part in regular exercise. This will release chemicals that make you feel good and motivated!
Be sure to get enough sleep and take time away from technology. Failing to switch off when you need a break will only make you more stressed out.