Tackling Social Stresses | Stress Awareness Week

Tackling Social Stresses | Stress Awareness Week

Coming to university gives you lots of opportunities to meet new people  the social side of it may even be the reason many of us go in to higher education! However, there are many different stresses that come with this, but there are ways to combat them. In this blog, I'll be looking at a few ways you can minimise some of the anxiety you may feel while you're at university.



It’s natural to miss home when you move away, especially now when you might not be able to travel back as often as you usually would. This can cause stress and anxiety linked to not seeing loved ones and not being able to access “safe spaces”. To try combat this, try some of our tips below:

  • Keep in touch with family, whether that’s by phone, video call or even emails. Try contact each other regularly to update on what you’ve been doing and how things are
  • Print some photos of home and add them to your room. Whilst this may make you a bit teary remembering good times, it will also remind you of the happiness you felt
  • Make your uni house a home, as best you can -  put up fairy lights, plants, photos and things that remind you of home. Try adding some smells too, like your favourite perfume or a nice candle (if you’re allowed).



It’s easy to feel isolated, being unable to socialise as we normally would. However, this is a chance to socialise without leaving your bed if you want to (bonus!). Hold virtual events with your friends, create home bar crawls where every room is a new bar, or have cosy movie nights as the nights get darker. The SU offers opportunities to meet new people such as:

  • Sports teams
  • Societies
  • Online events such as our quiz
  • On-campus events including bingo and quiz nights

There is always someone to talk to at the SU, either online or in the building, and we can signpost you where you need!



When living with people, you will inevitably fall out with them! Generally, this is over something small (like they use your favourite pan and don’t wash it – atrocious!), however can cause long-lasting tensions. To overcome them, make sure you communicate with each other about what you like and dislike (e.g. I don’t like people using my stuff, or I like sharing crockery and cutlery). Remember, everyone is different and has grown up differently, so you will have your differences, which are important to respect and try to understand. If you are struggling with this, the wellbeing team offer chats specifically for this.



Whether this is with your partner, friends or family, relationships are sometimes difficult to maintain and there may be conflicts when you are apart (or together) for long periods of time. Again, communication is key and it’s important you get across what you like and dislike, and try to communicate how you feel.

With all relationships, it is important to look out for any red flags that might cause stress and conflict, and more information on this can be found both online and with the wellbeing team.


Whatever it is your feeling, it’s all normal and conflict is part of how you grow. If you are having a hard time, check out the wellbeing team’s wellbeing and welfare chats, which offer you support from life challenges to mental health concerns

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