Stress, Well-Being and University Life provides a positive and supportive guide to understanding, preventing and managing the stress that can be associated with student life.
The book is structured around the main stressors that are likely to be encountered as a student, such as the initial adjustment to college life, financial difficulties, and the pressure of examination. Throughout, the emphasis is on achieving well-being, by minimizing the disruption caused by stress and learning from difficult experiences.
Three main strategies are investigated for handling stress:
Reducing the likelihood of encountering stressful situations; Learning how to handle stressful situations when they can't be avoided; Moving on from stressful experiences and achieving positive well-being
This guide will be a great help to any student troubled by the pressures of college. The highly practical strategies provided here will help to ensure that the reader gets the most from their time as a student, without the interference of unnecessary stress.
Survival Skills, Relationships and Social Life
(or, Will I survive and will anybody love me if I do?)
Moving into private accommodation. Basic survival skills. Clothes and identity. Food. Status, self-image and identity. Maintaining old relationships from pre-university life. Starting new relationships. Uncertainties about the present and the future.
Some stressors are easy to identify: a looming coursework deadline, an unexpected bill, a warning letter from the landlord. Others are not always easy to identify at the time, or arise gradually, which can make them trickier to deal with: for instance, wondering whether you've chosen the right course or the right university, or trying to hold together a long-term relationship with someone that you now only see at weekends. This under-the-radar type ...