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Tips for Reducing Stress for Students

Stress is something that affects us all at different times and in different ways. Moving away from home, disagreements with housemates, essay deadlines and exams can be stressful for some students. Others may already be living with a mental health issue, or be affected by bereavement or relationship issues.

Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year. For conditions such as depression and anxiety, stress is a major factor.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s senior counsellor Diane Duff has some tips to reduce stress.

“Stress can be external, resulting from pressures around you, or internal, resulting from pressure you put on yourself,” said Diane.

“Not all stress is bad, in fact dealing with life pressures can make us more resilient in the long term.

“Identify your triggers, and try and address some of the causes. It’s important to recognise what you can control and what you can’t. If the problem is time pressure, can anything give?

“Where you can’t control a stressful situation it is important to find a way of managing the symptoms. Relaxation, meditation and exercise can all help, as can surrounding yourself with supportive people and finding some balance in your life”

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s counselling department can offer support to students who are experiencing not just stress but any emotional difficulty during their studies. Appointments can be arranged by emailing

Students with mild to moderate anxiety, stress and/or depression might benefit from the Living Life to the Full programme, provided by the university’s careers department.  

For students with a pre-existing mental health condition, inclusion services can put you in touch with our mental health mentor and advise on benefit entitlement.

Interested in mental health? Find out about our mental health and wellbeing degree

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Laura Edwards

Laura Edwards

Laura graduated from the University of Hull and has spent 17 years working in journalism and public relations. She is Digital Enagement Officer at Wrexham Glyndŵr University.