What to do if it all gets too much
If a student has developed a stressful anxiety, depression or just lack of
self-confidence reaching to a point where it is stopping him from studying,
I would advise him to take a break and relax. Even take a holiday, if
possible. Go out and socialise with friend and relatives in order to
stimulate your lifestyle, and try to take it easier. If possible seek for
I think students who find their feelings prevent them from studying should
take a good time off for themselves and relax first. Then they should think
of a way that suits them best to carry on their studies.
If it is bad enough to stop you working, I recommend talking with your
family and friends about your feelings. The worst thing to do would be to
simply ignore the feelings, and allow them to interfere with academic
success. Also, a meeting with your tutor might allay some of the anxiety.
If the stress becomes totally over-whelming, then professional counselling
might be helpful as well.
If a student reaches the point where stress is stopping him or her
studying, I would suggest counselling. I say this because if you have
friends and family around you, to support you, and it doesn't help then
maybe counselling is the only option. I also understand that some people
do not have support in any form, so counselling would be ideal, at least
that way you have at least one person to talk to and this in turn could be
a positive direction.
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