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Anxiety and stress

Anxiety is our response to the stresses of life and includes unpleasant feelings and thoughts, such as worry or fear. When you consistently feel like this, it can impact on your day-to-day life.

Research conducted by the National Union of Students (2013) found that 80% of university students experienced symptoms of stress, while 55% of university students experienced symptoms of anxiety.

Feeling anxious or stressed can have a serious effect on your life, so don't suffer in silence.

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Does this sound like you?

Do any of the following terms describe you or how you feel the majority of the time?

  • Worrier
  • Stressed out
  • Can't relax
  • Tense
  • Nervous.

Spotting the signs

The signs of anxiety or stress vary from person to person, but the following are some of the most common signals that you're struggling:

  • Can't sleep
  • Restless
  • Feel like something bad is going to happen
  • Feel constantly on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Impatience
  • Easily distracted.

What to do if you think you have anxiety or stress

Remember that you are not alone - there is help and support available to you and you can learn to manage your symptoms.

You can visit your GP for advice, and there is further support available at Steps to Wellbeing.
BU can help you as well - support available on campus includes Student WellbeingChaplaincy and SUBU Advice.

In the meantime try these top tips to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and stress:

  • Take good care of your physical health
  • Eat your five a day along with a balanced diet
  • Reduce alcohol, caffeine, smoking and late nights
  • Exercise regularly, doing whatever works for you
  • Learn relaxation techniques such as Yoga and Mindfulness - can show you how to be mindful in your everyday life
  • Write down a list of anything that is bothering you
  • Try and distract yourself by seeing friends and family, or doing physical exercise
  • Take time out for yourself and spend time doing things you enjoy.

You can always speak to your academic advisors

Anxiety and stress may impact on your academic work and, depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to a mitigation or extension. Talk to your Programme Administrator, Unit Leader or Tutor to find out more about Mitigating Circumstances.

There is also more online help and support available on the A-Z Resources page.

Based on resources:
NHS Choices (2014) and NHS Northumberland and Tyne and Wear NHS Trust (2013)