Don’t worry, be happy!


Is work getting on top of you? Can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? Stressed out?

Stress can be very isolating and can lead to some very odd symptoms. Not sleeping and not eating are the main offenders compounding issues and leaving you looking a lot like Voldemort, and no one wants that!

PR never stops, whether you are an academic or a practitioner, and when important deadlines are being given to you faster than you can deal with it can be stressful. You stress because you care. A tiny bit of stress is a good thing; it can make you diligent and productive. But too much stress can tip you over the edge. That is why it is important to learn strategies and coping mechanisms to make your life a little bit easier when it feels like the world is turning against you.


The main thing to remember is you are not alone, ask for HELP. There are many services on offer from the University, as well as locally and nationally. Start somewhere, anywhere, break it down, prioritise and start making the tasks manageable.

Speak to the people that matter, your lecturer and course representative are a good place to start or if it is employment related, your line manager. Do some research; use the mighty power of the search engine to see what help and advice is available. The last two blogs from the SSU Masters students give some great advice for dealing with planning, deadlines and teamwork from students who are actually going through those experiences.

Solent Health Spark at Southampton Solent University have identified that this can be a crucial time of year as students approach exams, deadlines, and the beginning or end of dissertations.

So they have created Academic Stress Week to highlight the importance of not letting stress get of top of you and equipping you with valuable tools to keep you cool, calm and collected. Next week there will be a series of events and hand outs available.

Solent Health Spark Stress Week

Academic Stress Week 17th– 21st March 2014:

Monday 10:00 – 16:00 – SJM Andrews Foyer
Tuesday 10:00 – 16:00 – EPT Andrews Foyer
Wednesday 10:00 – 16:00 – EPT Andrews Foyer
Thursday 10:00 – 16:00 – EPT Andrews Foyer
Friday 10:00 – 16:00 – Mountbatten Library Foyer

Find out more about Solent Health Spark here:


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