Assignments, exams, and other deadlines (as well as other life stressors) mean that life as a university student can get overwhelming.
The University of Tasmania Wellbeing team is here to support you to implement positive mental health and wellbeing strategies so that you can manage tough times and have the best possible study experience.
Ely Chase, Team Lead of Counselling and part of the Student Wellbeing team, says stress management should be a priority for all of us.
“There are a lot of deadlines and expectations in academic life, on top of managing normal, everyday life, family responsibilities and other commitments,” she said.
“Although mental health has a higher profile these days, there is more we can do to proactively manage our stress.”
Helpful tips for managing stress
Have a chat
“It’s okay not to feel okay. Take the time to talk to someone about what you're thinking and feeling. Worries feel a lot bigger when they are bouncing around un-checked inside your head but can seem much more manageable when you talk about them to someone you trust. Just be careful to connect with people that help rather than feed your stress,” Ely said.
Look at what you have achieved, not just what you haven’t
“Step back for a minute to reflect and acknowledge some of the positive things you have done, rather than focusing on what you haven’t yet achieved. You may not have ticked all of your boxes, but you’ve probably ticked some,” Ely said.
Take a break
“Step away from your computer and phone. Go for a walk, get some fresh air, get a cup of coffee, enjoy the sunshine and some nature, and focus on something other than the source of your stress,” Ely said.
“When taking a break it is important to do a different kind of activity, to help you step away and leave space to look at your situation objectively. You need distance to do that, which is why leaving your desk or computer and going for a walk is a great tactic.”
Keep it simple
“You don’t have to do an hour of yoga to get the benefits of mindfulness. Take in a moment. Stop what you’re doing and notice a bird outside the window, the trees moving in the breeze, or get up and stretch.”
After Hours Crisis Support
Life and stress happens outside of standard office hours. If you need to speak with a counsellor after hours you can call the free and confidential University Crisis Line on 1300 511 709 or text on +61 488 884 168. Find out more on student counselling.
Explore the University’s health and wellbeing resources.