Knowing the difference between stress and anxiety can be confusing. Minor feelings of stress and anxiousness can be good, like worrying about school, relationships, work, and family. This stress or anxiety can give you the creative juices for success.
Anxiety involves a constant feeling of nervousness, fear, or dread. Sometimes these feelings can be so intense that they seem beyond our control. This kind of stress can be harmful, impacting your health and wellness.
It can be difficult to access support for stress or anxiety due to feelings of doubt, uncertainty, or shame. Thinking anxiety will pass or willingness to endure the anxiety can have impacts on your body, relationships, and life successes. It is essential to recognize the signs or symptoms when life gets too much.
88% of university students
felt overwhelmed by everything they had to do at least once in the last year.
Feelings of overwhelming anxiety
were experienced by 69% of university students at least once in the last year.
60% of university students
found their academics very difficult to handle at least once in the last year.
Members of minority groups may experience more stress. When minority groups experience inequity or discrimination, it impacts their health and well-being.
Learn more about minority stress.
Social or Community Health
If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to seek help. Below you'll find a list of resources and supports available to you as a UFV student.
Pop into the Wellness Centre to speak to someone if you are stressed. My top tip for managing stress is to set aside some time for yourself to relax or do something that you enjoy. The Wellness Centre offers an inclusive and calm environment for you to destress and engage with peers.
— Arshdeep W, BSc student (3rd year)
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