What are the physical symptoms?
- Feeling out of control
- Mood swings
- Difficulty relaxing
- Difficulty concentrating
- Avoiding others
- Loss of appetite
- Low energy
- Stomach upset
- Tense muscles
How can we manage stress effectively?
- Devote some time to working your body instead of your mind. Exercise is a great stress buster, reducing levels of stress hormones and releasing mood-enhancing endorphins.
- Control how you’re responding to the situation internally. One excellent approach to try is mindfulness meditation. Amongst many other services, the university counselling service runs drop-in workshops on mindfulness meditation every term in the Dover Street Building (for staff and students).
- Control how you’re responding to the situation externally. A heavy workload can occupy time we need for resting and enjoyment, it can leave little time to deal with emergencies resulting in feeling out of control. Good time management can help you to use your time effectively and prioritise important tasks. Assertiveness training can help you to deal with colleagues or managers to set up a less stressful working environment.
- Accept the things you cannot change. Matters outside the sphere of your influence are really not worth worrying over!
- Act quickly. Stress and anxiety can quickly escalate, affect other aspects of your life and can potentially lead to depression.