Stress and relaxation

University is intended to challenge and extend our knowledge and experience. Prepare for these challenges and you can make the most of the new knowledge and experiences without getting overwhelmed by the stress that this can involve.

Student stories

'I'm here at University because I like study, I like the reading and the discussions. But even though I like learning I was beginning to feel overwhelmed. I was getting stressed by deadlines and it was effecting my work and my ability to enjoy life. The mindfulness meditation group at Counselling Services is a space that's clear of all those stresses.'

Practical support during university's real challenges

Prepare for challenges and opportunities

Stress is our response to a perceived threat. To prepare you for emergency action, your nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. The type of intense focus and explosion of physical energy that results can be extremely helpful when you are faced with an opportunity or challenge. It can also leave you exhausted, prevent you sleeping and interfere with activities that require more extended, less intense concentration.

Meditation and relaxation can help by improving concentration, reducing tension in the muscles, helping you sleep and reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Meditation allows the mind to become more peaceful, calm and focussed. There are many different types of meditation practices that you can try in order to see what works best for you.

Mindfulness meditation

This type of meditation focuses on paying attention in a non-judging way to the present moment as it unfolds. Check out our online mindfulness resources. Some campuses run group mindfulness programs.