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General Stress Management
Stress can be both beneficial and problematic. It is important to know what the difference is and how to cope with stress in different situations.
Some 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. meeting an essay deadline...
Sometimes stress can become a problem. Unhelpful stress is when you cannot successfully cope with, or believe you cannot successfully cope with, a situation - resulting in unwanted physical, mental or emotional reactions (HMSO 1987). If you start thinking, feeling or having physical sensations that are unpleasant and last for more than a short period of time, you could be stressed. This is your body is trying to tell you to slow down or calm down.
If you are struggling with stress please contact the University counselling support for helpful advice and support, or visit the Queen's Mental Health and Wellbeing page; you may also want to contact your GP.
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