Coping skills

When you go through periods of stress, it is helpful to develop good coping skills.

Eat well and avoid alcohol

  • Eat healthy food
  • Have regular meals including breakfast each day
  • Avoid alcohol, drugs, caffeine, cigarettes and energy drinks

Exercise and get enough sleep

  • Go for a 30 minute walk every day
  • Get enough rest
  • Keep regular hours - avoid staying up too late and sleeping in
  • Do activities that you find relaxing such as yoga, meditation or reading

Manage your time effectively

  • Keep a diary with due dates for your assignments
  • Plan to do a little study each day
  • Do not leave it until the last minute to start work on assignment
  • Allow time for relaxation and catching up with family and friends
  • If you procrastinate, take steps to become more productive

Deal with issues as they come up

  • Do not avoid dealing with things
  • Do not hide your emotions or bottle things up
  • Talk about problems with friends or family

If you have study problems, talk to your tutor or lecturer as soon as you can.


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