Students, are you feeling stressed? It’s time to chill out.By Editor
Stressed out from your university work? Do you feel like work's on top of you? Well, you're not alone, guys.
Today marks the 16th National Stress Awareness Day, an event where the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) urge everyone, especially young people, to take some time out to manage their stress levels and learn how to ease any pressures they may be facing.
The organisation has teamed up with Birmingham City University for the day, too, who recently conducted a survey on students relating to their mental health.
The study found that, among a list of other issues, around 60% of students worry about their diet and 75% have anxieties with regards to their appearance.
Some experts argue that this is due to the unrealistic expectations that we see in magazines and television programmes.
Speaking on this matter, Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University, Professor Craig Jackson, said: "We know that young people have a host of significant and growing pressures in their lives – from doing well in education to getting a good job or looking great. I'm sure ghastly uber-competitive shows such as 'The Apprentice' do little to help."
The good news, however, is that he ISMA are here to help. Yesterday, for instance, a fellow and board member of the charity took to Twitter to take part in a online chat.
The body also released 7 points to help promote a positive outlook, which you can read here.
Speaking to The Student Guide, Frances Said: Don't wait till you are stressed before you do something about it. Prevention is really important. Try not to live a 24/7 lifestyle and take the time out to relax. If you notice the warning signs, don't hesitate to take to look into it."
Do you have any problems with stress? Be sure to talk to a friend or student councilor. If you have any advice on how you cope with mental strains, be sure to use the #StudentTopTips hashtag that is running today.