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Stress Management

Anxiety or stress can prevent you from enjoying your studying . However, there are techniques you could try to minimise the negative impact it can have.

5 things you need to know...

The following could help you to control any anxiety and stress you may feel:

1 Understand university requirements

Ensure that you are aware of what you need to do and by when.  Recognise that university learning is often undertaken alone and be prepared to use your time to study in a way that works for you.  Understand how learning outcomes relate to course and assignment content.

2  Thoughts, feelings and behaviours cycle (Rosenberg, 1965)

This may help you to identify the relationship between 'what you think' and 'what you feel and therefore 'how you behave'.

3 Challenge negative thoughts 

If you have thoughts such as 'I cannot do this' or 'I am useless', challenge them.  What is the evidence for them?  Think of situations when you have achieved success and been proud of yourself.

4 Take care of yourself

Make sure that you give yourself time to do activities you enjoy and find relaxing, for instance swimming, singing or drawing.  Nobody can study continuously, and if you plan your week efficiently you will not need to.  Make sure you eat healthily and regularly.  Try to get into a routine which works to reduce your stress patterns.

5 University support services 

The University employs qualified staff who can help you in many different ways, such as Academic Skills Tutors, Careers Advisers, Counsellors, Multi Faith Chaplains and Student Guidance Advisers.   Make use of the services available in order to help you to feel confident about your studies and manage your stress.  

The Mental Health Foundation also have good online resources which may be worth investigating.  Websites are listed under the online resources tab to the right.

LinkedIn Learning Resources

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Have a look at our Stress Management Collection for some recommended resources.

Need to know more...

We have produced resources to help you to develop your skills in this area.  You will find a factsheet on this topic below, plus others you may find useful.  See also the Online and Books tabs above.  

Related factsheets


Staffordshire University Student Support Services. Websites and contacts can be found below:

student services - covers health and wellbeing, money matters, safeguarding and student safetly.

Academic Skills - for information about how to study more effectively

Careers Network -    or email

Counselling  -  OR  email

Multi Faith Chaplaincy  -  OR email

Mental Health Foundation (2017) Mindfulness. (Accessed: 2 September 2019)

Need more advice?

You can also discuss your development of this skill with a member of the Academic Skills Team.

Make an appointment for an online discussion or email support  by using our online booking form.

Thoughts, feelings and behaviours

Personalising your device and using assistive tools

There are many assistive technology tools which can help you choose how you want to access material and these can really improve your productivity.

The University has made some applications available on the student PCs within the library and IT Centres; others are free for you to download and use on your own devices (phone, tablet, laptop or computer) .  Find out more on our personalising standard software guide and our assistive tools and software guide.