Anxiety is a very common issue, affecting many students. It is common to try to deal with anxiety by avoiding the situations that feel like they are causing these feelings.

Avoidance may feel like it gives temporary relief, but in fact it makes the problem worse.

It's always advisable to let your personal tutor or course leader know if you're having difficulties affecting your studies – they are there to help, and can offer useful advice and support. It's also worth talking to friends or other students to see if they can offer support e.g. by going to classes together.

You can also learn skills to help you deal better with anxiety, and there is a lot of other support available.

Useful resources for anxiety

Get Self Help advice on anxiety > 

How to use effective Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) strategies for understanding your anxiety and making positive changes to manage it.

Get Self Help advice on health anxiety > 

Health anxiety can make us worry about and be preoccupied with being seriously ill. Here's advice on how to break the cycle.

Get Self Help advice on social anxiety >

It's easy to worry about what others think of us, and make assumptions about how we come across. Here are some strategies for managing unhelpful thoughts.

More wellbeing help

Take a look at our other resources and sources of support for help with everything - from issues with alcohol, to healing from trauma.

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Wellbeing courses, workshops and events

Get involved in the free support available for you at uni, including support groups, drop-in events and the annual Feel Good Fest.

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Wellbeing resources and other support

Expert advice from the NHS, charities and more.

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Student Wellbeing Service

Learn more about the help we offer for personal and emotional worries.

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Access mental health support and guidance from our friendly team of wellbeing advisers, counsellors and advisers:

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