How to cope in a crisis

Many people experience a crisis at some point during their life, whether a big personal one such as a death , a little personal one such as not understanding class, or others such as natural disasters, threats to public health, violence, sexual harassment and friendship problems. Even though everyone responds to crises differently, here are some general tips that may help students minimize the stress from such an experience!

1.     Talk to someone

This might seem obvious, but sometimes you may not realise the gravity of a situation, so talking to someone you feel close to or a uni counsellor may open the door to the healing process.

2.     Express feelings by keeping a journal

Keeping a “stress journal” can help you realise what causes your stress and may help reduce or handle the reaction better. (Moleskines work well for journals).

3.     Eat regular balanced food as much as you can even when you are not hungry

The last thing you want during a trauma is to add to your stress by not eating or eating unhealthily. It is best to keep your physical function at its best while you are dealing with stress!

4.  Keep to your normal schedule as much as possible

Including going to class, keeping up with sleep and doing assignments. Try and schedule your time and do your normal commitments and activities as much as possible!

5.     Rest and relax!

Making ‘me time’ and having a rest can help you bring your body and mind back into balance, so its good to do relaxing activities such as watch a funny movie, read a bestseller, take a shower or go for a stroll in the park!

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Remember – the above points are general suggestions only and if you’re really struggling, it’s best to seek professional help! Ask your uni about counselling services they can provide for you.



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