Learning Development Service
Student Guidance Centre
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3618
Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Evening and Skype appointments are available upon request.
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Stress can be both beneficial and problematic. It is improtant to know what the difference is and how to cope with stress in different situations.
Benefits of pressure
- Helps to motivate us e.g. to learn, achieve goals
- Stimulates us to get things done
- Pressure and demands from situations and people challenge us
- Energy that can be used creatively
- Personal growth
Think of a recent example where you felt stressed and it was useful to help you perform
e.g. your driving test, revising for an exam...
Sometimes stress can become a problem. You will know it’s a problem if you start thinking, feeling or having physical sensations that are unpleasant and last for more than a short period of time.
This is your body is trying to tell you to slow down or calm down.
A stressful situation is one you cannot successfully cope with, or believe you cannot cope with successfully - resulting in unwanted physical, mental or emotional reactions (HMSO 1987)
If you want to find out more about how to manage stress please click here (booklet created by the Learning Development Services). There are also workshops on stress management and one-to-one's can be booked to talk it over with one of our tutors.
If you are finding yourself struggling with stress there are also helpful advice and support to be found by contacting the university counselling support.