How to manage feeling overwhelmed by 4 common university pressures
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By starting (back) at uni. Remember you’re not alone if you feel uncomfortable or overwhelmed. It’s common for it to take you a little while to settle in: Shout’s recent report into student mental health showed that 61% of students who contacted the service said they were worried about the new 2021/22 academic year, with loneliness, relationships, workload and finances being their main concerns.
Understanding what’s expected of you on your course and knowing what’s coming up and when your deadlines are will help you feel prepared. It‘s also helpful to look into what support is available to you, should you need it - these will be listed on your university’s website. You can also check out giveusashout.org/student-support for tips, advice and resources to support your wellbeing.
By work. 65% of students who have texted Shout said that they were worried about their workload. Setting clear boundaries for your day with time for work and relaxation can help. When it’s time to relax, use this opportunity to practice self-care. This might include speaking to or spending time with friends and family, listening to music, moving your body or practicing mindfulness. This is a valuable use of time; it’s preparing you to focus on work and helping to organise your day.
By finances. 52% of students who’ve contacted Shout told the volunteer that they were worried about their finances. Financial stress can impact people in many different ways so it can be helpful to check in with how you’re really feeling. Is the worry leading to low mood, social isolation, or something else? You’ll be in a better position to make decisions about your finances if you’ve taken the time to understand and manage the overwhelming emotions of stress and worry.
Grounding techniques such as this one can be particularly helpful with financial worries. Money Helper is a resource with information and advice on everyday finance, money, mental wellbeing and more. Budgeting can help you to feel reassured and in control. You can get organised with a budget planner or app - there are plenty of free ones out there.
By exhaustion. Often, late nights can be followed by early morning lectures, making it hard to get the rest you need. This can lead to feeling unwell, anxious or overwhelmed. Aim to go to bed and get up around the same time every morning and make sure you get outside for some fresh air during the day. Try mindfulness or meditation exercises in the evening before bed, or do something you find relaxing - this can help you to get a good night’s sleep.
If you are feeling anxious or overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 for free, confidential support, at any time of day or night.
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