Student Counselling the Academic Stress

Do you need help coping with study anxiety and exam stress?

  • Are you overwhelmed with academic pressure?
  • Do you feel like the study anxiety is affecting your mental health?
  • Are you finding it hard to concentrate under exam stress?
  • Do you have concerns about your academic records?
  • Are you feeling like giving up the study?
  • Did you suffer an abuse as a student?
  • Is your student well-being in danger?

You are not alone. Our experienced psychologists offer confidential student counselling away from university and school. Our student counsellors aim at assisting you at all levels, advocating your personal goals and potential, regarding your career decisions.

The high school and university are often the biggest stress stages a person go through in life. This is true because the academic pressure is stressful and the HSC exams are tough.

The period of exams and the end of the uni semesters are the peaking periods of study anxiety and exam stress our student counsellors deal with.

Give us a call for a 15-minute free counselling at (02) 9683 1444 and let us suggest you the best match for your situation from our friendly team of student counsellors. For your convenience, we are open daytime and after hours, Monday to Saturday.

Study stress and exam anxiety symptoms

Students often seek counselling when they feel like they are not coping, or when their performance starts to suffer. It is important to seek help before things get out of control.

Exam stress and panic symptoms such as:

  • racing heartbeats
  • overly sweaty
  • tremors
  • nauseous feelings
  • breathing difficulty
  • racing thoughts
  • dizziness
  • sleep issues
  • over tiredness

Depressive feelings such as:

  • hopelessness
  • demotivation
  • teariness
  • emotional bluntness or flatness
  • lack of appetite or weight loss
  • emotional eating and weight gain
  • difficulty concentrating or focus to get started on tasks
  • social withdrawal
  • easily reactive or irritable

Stress can come out in other areas too:

  • it can affect your everyday mood
  • you may feel more frustrated or angry
  • you may be quicker to get upset or cry than usual
  • you may take offence quickly, hold grudges, or get into arguments more easily

This is sometimes most noticeable at home. You may find yourself arguing with your parents or fighting with your brother or sister. It’s important to be able to draw the link between stress and arguments with your family.

Understanding stress helps to understand why things suddenly feel harder. This will help you keep perspective and make decisions to do things differently. This will protect your relationships with friends and family.

You might adopt unhelpful coping skills like:

  • stop exercising
  • overeating
  • eating more fast food or snacks
  • start drinking
  • smoking
  • taking recreational drugs
  • become dependent on pain killers

It is important to notice the signs of these unhelpful coping skills early. This will make sure you can break the habits before they take a hold in your life. Your long-term health is more important.

Check out what we offer for students

Ring us for a free 15-minute phone consultation with our Intake Counsellor.

How can student counselling help?

Counsellors can:

  • help you to discover what is stressing you
  • help you use strategies to improve your mood and ability to focus
  • give you strategies that will improve your health and self-care
  • helping with sleep issues
  • discussing worries about failing
  • explore anxiety about the question of “what’s next?”
  • help with staying relaxed and calm
  • reduce feelings of burnout
  • discuss study strategies, organisational skill and planning
  • strategies to pace yourself
  • maintaining a balance in your life
  • deal with the issue of procrastination and motivation
  • assess if you have any specific learning disorders that’s making it harder
  • students can learn relaxation for exams and coping skills to get assignments and essays in on time for the due date deadline.

Counsellors can also talk with other people like:

  • parents
  • teacher’s aids
  • head teachers
  • principals
  • student welfare officers
  • school counsellors
  • university student support staff

It helps for you to know the people around you understand what you are going through and you can get the help you need for this stressful time. Remember that these people have been where you are, they know what study pressure feels like. They will understand.