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Managing Academic Stress

Academic Stress and You

Some level of stress is normal, and even helps to motivate you to get your tasks done. When academic stressors become overwhelming, turn to your personal toolkit of resources and reach out for support.

Identify Your Stressors

  • What are your biggest stressors in university?
  • How do you know when you are stressed? How do your mind and body react?

Building Your Toolkit

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a well-researched framework designed to incorporate simple practices as way to build resilience, find balance, and boost your wellbeing.  The five actions are to keep learning, be active, connect, give, and take notice. 

Visit Five Ways to Wellbeing at Home for resources adapted to maintain mental health and wellbeing during the self-isolation of COVID-19.   

Mental Health & Wellness Resources at YorkU

Additional Resources

Talk Back to Academic Anxiety! (pdf) Learn about practices to reduce academic anxiety.
15-Second Breathing Exercise (pdf)A quick activity to help regulate your breathing, reduce anxiety and bring back calmness.
Stress Relief Exercise (video, 16 minutes)Progressive relaxation training with a mindfulness counselor.
Health Education & PromotionHealth support & education for York Community with a range of services and workshops in the areas of sleep, sexual health, physical health, nutrition, mental health, and alcohol and other drugs.
Student Counselling, Health & Well-beingProvides free mental health support to all York students through workshops, individual and group counselling.
Student Accessibility ServicesProvides academic accommodation and support to students with disabilities.
Good2TalkA 24/7 free and confidential helpline that connects students with professional counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being
keep.meSAFE Student Support Program (SSP)Provides real-time support to students outside of Ontario, online and through the My SSP App. App services are available in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese.