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5 Coping Strategies for Dealing with Stress

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National Stress Awareness Day falls on the first Wednesday of November each year and is run by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA). It is a time where people can reflect on their own wellbeing and help to reduce the stigma behind talking about our mental health.

It is important to seek help when you need it, as stress can affect our bodies both mentally, physically and emotionally. There can be a number of coping mechanisms individuals have, but here are our 5 top coping strategies for dealing with stress:

  1. Take Ten

Life can be overwhelming, and it can help if you just take ten minutes to relax. Lie down, focus on your breathing and relax for ten minutes. Start the task again feeling calm and rested, and think with a cleared and level head.

  1. Identify stress factors

Pin pointing what makes you stressed can help you identify things you may need to change. Whether this is a friendship, an assignment or a relationship, it can help to see what causes your stress. It can help you to change some aspects of your life in order to feel at ease again.

  1. Seek help when needed from family or friends

It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help when you need it. Talking with someone you trust can help put things into perspective, and feel reassured again about the situation.

Finding things hard at Uni? Our advice and support team are always here to help. They offer free, confidential and impartial advice and support on a wide range of issues, including financial and personal advice.

To find out more information, please follow the link: https://hertfordshire.su/your-support/

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