Mental Health

Dealing with Extreme Stress

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What with daily life, studying, world news and social media, it’s almost impossible to live in the modern world and not experience stress. So the question becomes instead: what to do about it?

Stress management

Daily stress can be greatly reduced through activities like regularly prioritising tasks and setting up routines to make sure you create space to deal with what’s really important. Knowing what your personal stress triggers and symptoms are, and what activities help you defuse it, also helps. For example:

  • Taking a few deep breaths
  • Listening to calming music
  • Going for a walk in nature
  • Escaping in a good book
  • Playing with a pet
  • Focussing on one thing at a time
  • Talking through your concerns with caring friends or family members
  • Considering what might be positive about what’s going on

What if that doesn’t help?

Sometimes life happens and it’s just too much, or you’re feeling too run down to cope. That’s the time to reach out for help – without hesitation. There are a number of options, many of them low-cost or even free:

  1. If your campus has an onsite counsellor, pay them a visit
  2. If you’ve experienced trauma as a result of a crime, contact your local police station – many police stations provide free counselling for victims
  3. Call one of the many organisations that provide free telephone counselling helplines

 Counselling helplines

For help with just about anything, including trauma, suicide and relationship problems:

  • Destiny Helpline for Youth and Students: 0800 414 243
  • Lifeline: 0861 322 322

For help with mental health issues, including depression and anxiety, panic or bipolar disorders and potential suicide:

For help with AIDS issues:

National AIDS Helpline: 0800 012 322

For help with Gender Violence:

For help with any issues around children or young people, including sexual abuse, bullying and substance abuse:

For help with substance addiction:

Reaching out is not a sign of weakness, it is human. It takes strength to reach out and ask for help and in so doing you are taking a step on the path to healing. Everyone needs help, sometimes.

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