If you would like to discuss any of these issues further or to seek support please contact us at ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk 


We all know what it's like to feel stressed, but it's not easy to pin down exactly what stress means. When we say things like "this is stressful" or "I'm stressed", we might be talking about the following:

  • Situations or events that put pressure on us – for example, times when we have lots to do and think about, or don't have much control over what happens.
  • Our reaction to being placed under pressure – the feelings we get when we have demands placed on us that we find difficult to cope with. “It's overwhelming. Sometimes you can't see beyond the thick fog of stress.”

There's no medical definition of stress, and healthcare professionals often disagree over whether stress is the cause of problems or the result of them. This can make it difficult for you to work out what causes your feelings of stress, or how to deal with them. But whatever your personal definition of stress is, it's likely that you can learn to manage your stress better by:

  • managing external pressures, so stressful situations don't seem to happen to you quite so often
  • developing your emotional resilience, so you're better at coping with tough situations when they do happen and don't feel quite so stressed

If you would like to speak to someone about how you are feeling please get in touch with the University Counselling Service (counselling@abdn.ac.uk), Student Helpline (UK - 0808 196 2707, Overseas - 00353 1518 0277) or AUSA Advice (ausaadvice@abdn.ac.uk).