Why not try this 3-minute breathing meditation, designed to help ground you and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Led by our student counsellor, Leila Steeds.

There is a fine line between stress and anxiety, but both are things we all experience at times in our life (especially during a global pandemic!). Both are emotional responses, but stress is typically caused by an external trigger. There are both mental and physical symptoms of stress, such as fatigue, irritability, anger, digestive issues, and difficulty sleeping. Anxiety is different in that it is defined by persistent, excessive worries that don’t go away even in the absence of a stressor. However, anxiety leads to a nearly identical set of symptoms as stress. As a result, both anxiety and stress respond well to similar coping strategies. Physical exercise, a healthy diet, and good sleep habits are a good foundation, but there are many other coping strategies that we’ve linked below that can really help too. 

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