Dealing with Anxiety as a Student: Tips for Managing Stress and Pressure

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As a student, you’re likely to be faced with deadlines, exams, social pressures, and a never-ending to-do list. So of course, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious at times. While some degree of stress is normal and even healthy, excessive anxiety can be harmful to your mental and physical health and can interfere with your academic and personal goals. Fortunately, there are many strategies you can use to manage anxiety and cope with stress. EDUCARE services help empower children and teens to overcome mental, emotional, social and behavioural roadblocks.  Here are some tips for dealing with anxiety as a student:

1. Take care of your body

How we care for ourselves gives our brain messages that shape our self-worth so we must care for ourselves in every way, every day.” – Sam Owen

Your physical health is closely linked to your mental health. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly. Avoid substances that can increase anxiety, such as too much caffeine and alcohol. Taking care of your physical self can help you feel more energised and focused, and can reduce the impact of stress on your body and mind.

2. Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment, without judgement. It can help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions, and assist to develop a more balanced perspective. There are many ways to practise mindfulness, such as meditation, deep breathing, and yoga. Try to incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day. Your breath is a powerful tool to ease stress and make you feel less anxious. Deep breathing is an effective method of relieving stress. Read more on deep breathing exercises in this blog written by Paige Fowler

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

3. Set realistic goals

Having goals can be motivating, but it’s important to make sure they’re realistic and achievable. If your goals are too ambitious, you’re likely to feel overwhelmed and anxious. Break larger goals into smaller, more manageable steps, and celebrate each milestone along the way! Setting realistic goals can help you feel more in control and less anxious about the future. 

4. Get organised

A cluttered and disorganised environment can contribute to feelings of stress and anxiety. Take some time to declutter your living and study spaces, and develop a system for keeping things organised. Use a planner or digital calendar to keep track of deadlines and appointments, and make a to-do list to help you prioritise tasks. Being organised can help you feel more in control of your life and reduce feelings of helplessness.

5. Connect with others

Social support is an important factor in mental health and well-being. Make time to connect with friends and family, and seek out opportunities to meet new people. Join a club or organisation that aligns with your interests, or volunteer in your community. Having a support system can help you feel more connected and less isolated, and can provide a buffer against stress and anxiety.

According to an article from the Primary Health Care “The Project”, social support, whether from a trusted group or a loved individual, has been found to minimise the psychological and physiological effects of stress, as well as to improve immunological function.

6. Seek help if you need it

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or struggling with anxiety, it’s important to reach out for help. Talk to a trusted friend or family member, or seek support from a mental health professional. EDUCARE Specialist Services have a team of professionals who can provide clinical, developmental, and educational psychology, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and behavioural therapy. Our goal is to work closely with you to help you build the skills you need to thrive. 

Dealing with anxiety as a student can be challenging, but there are many strategies you can use to manage stress and pressure. Taking care of your body, practising mindfulness, setting realistic goals, getting organised, connecting with others, and seeking help if you need it can all help you build resilience and cope with anxiety. 

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help, and that support is available if you need it. You can request a callback with EDUCARE. With the right tools and resources, you can learn to manage anxiety and thrive as a student.


What are some common signs of anxiety?

Some common signs of anxiety in students include persistent worrying, difficulty concentrating, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach aches, and avoidance of social situations or activities. If you’re concerned that you may be experiencing anxiety, it’s important to talk to a trusted friend or family member, or seek support from a mental health professional with EDUCARE.

What are some effective ways to manage anxiety?

There are many strategies you can use to manage anxiety as a student, including taking care of your physical health by getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly; practising mindfulness through meditation, deep breathing, or yoga; setting realistic goals and developing a system for keeping things organised; connecting with others through social activities or volunteering; and seeking help from a mental health professional if you need it.

How can I talk to my teachers or professors about my anxiety?

If you’re struggling with anxiety as a student, it can be helpful to talk to your teachers or professors about your needs. Consider scheduling a meeting or sending an email to explain your situation and discuss any accommodations or support you may need. It’s important to be honest and open about your needs, and to remember that you’re not alone in experiencing anxiety as a student.

What are some common misconceptions about anxiety in students?

There are many misconceptions about anxiety in students, such as the idea that it’s a sign of weakness or that it’s something that can be easily overcome with willpower. In reality, anxiety is a complex mental health condition that can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environment, and life experiences. It’s important to seek help if you’re struggling with anxiety, and to remember that it’s a treatable condition.

How can I help a friend or classmate who is struggling with anxiety?

If you have a friend or classmate who is struggling with anxiety, there are several ways you can offer support. Start by listening to their concerns without judgement, and offering empathy and validation. Encourage them to seek help from a mental health professional, and offer to help them find resources or support. You can also offer practical support, such as helping them stay organised or offering to study together in a low-pressure environment.

Looking for personalised support and guidance for managing anxiety as a student? Our team of experts is here to help. Contact us today to learn more about EDUCARE Specialist Services and how we can help you succeed.

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