Stress is your body’s reaction to pressure. When things become overwhelming, your stress response becomes even more heightened, which has the potential to cause serious problems.
Stress can affect how you think, how you feel, how your body works, and how you behave. Symptoms include loss of appetite, not being able to sleep, headaches, not being able to breathe properly, sweating a lot, and difficulty concentrating. So, it’s important to manage stress so that it doesn’t become overwhelming or jeopardise your mental health.
- King’s Counselling Service has lots of online information about stress management and coping with study pressure, so check out their website for tips on recognising and addressing signs of stress. You can also speak to a counsellor about the personal and emotional aspects of your anxiety, or engage in group sessions focused on developing skills to manage assessment pressure.
- King’s Wellbeing runs a great campaign called Take Time Out with lots of resources to help you cope with added pressures.
- The mental health charity Mind has produced a helpful guide to exam stress, which outlines techniques for avoiding stress and sources of support and treatment for this issue.
- There are also a range of apps out there that can introduce you to mindfulness and guided meditation which might help you to de-stress, like HeadSpace.