Stress and anxiety

Stress, anxiety and time management

The final weeks of each trimester can be a stressful time, with end of unit assessments and exams looming on the horizon. It’s normal to feel a bit anxious – most people experience some degree of anxiety when faced with an assessment or an exam.

What’s important is learning to manage your stress and anxiety in a productive way:

  • A good study routine will help you keep on top of your studies and minimise unnecessary stress. If you haven’t already, download our Trimester and Weekly Planners. Procrastination can make feelings of stress and anxiety worse, so be sure to keep to your normal routine – you’ll be proud of yourself!
  • Ensure a balanced lifestyle with leisure activities built into your timetable, such as exercise, socialising and hobbies. Make sure you get adequate sleep and eat well. You could also introduce relaxation exercises into your daily routine.
  • Learn to think positively and challenge your negative thoughts about your ability to perform in exams or end of unit assessments.
  • Download our DeakinWELLBEING app for a range of digital tools and resources to help you stay calm and relaxed.
  • If you’re feeling out of control and you need to talk to someone about your stress levels, contact a counsellor from Deakin’s Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) service. Available to students located in Australia, you’ll have a real-time telehealth appointment with a member of the CAPS team, which means you’ll speak to your counsellor over the phone or via Zoom.
  • We also have some specialist counsellors available for particular students – you just need to select your relevant cohort when you book:
    • First Nations students can see Kate Towart, Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEWB) Counsellor
    • School of Medicine students can see Jacqueline Payne, SoM Counsellor.
  • If you’re based overseas, you can access free 24/7 local counselling support
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