Learning to cope with stress can be the key to a happy, healthy university experience. Take a deep breath, let it out - and find a strategy that works for you!
Refuel! Getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious and balanced diet, and moderate regular exercise can all contribute to improved performance, energy, mood and overall wellness.
Make friends and build community
Making friends and getting involved outside the classroom can be the most enjoyable and fulfilling part of university life. Friends keep you grounded when you face challenges, and connecting with other people who share your interests can encourage you to do your best. So explore what’s out there, and you’ll soon find a sense of belonging!
Staying well may be the easiest way to make the most of university life. Getting sick or hurt can sometimes be unavoidable – life has its ups and downs – but if you take some easy preventative measures you can keep yourself healthy and save your energy for studying and other fun activities.
Together we make U of T a caring and supportive community, where everyone feels safe to learn, live and work. This means we look out for others who need help, and ask for help ourselves if we need it. You can learn more here about alcohol and drug safety, as well as safe sex based on mutual respect and consent.
Mental Health Framework
We all have a role to play in mental wellness on campus.
From student leaders to faculty and staff, we can all participate in ensuring student mental wellness. Explore our 22 recommendations across five key areas to discover how you fit in.
See your role. Share our vision.
- U of T’s Institutional Commitment.
- How Awareness, Education, Training and Anti-Stigma strategies can change the conversation.
- Using Inclusive Curriculum & Teaching Approaches to build resilience and diminish stress.
- A wide range of Mental Health Services and Programs.
- Policies and Procedures that support students.
How are you feeling today?
Everyone feels stressed now and then – it’s a normal part of university life. Some days are better than others, and there’s no wrong time to reach out. There are resources for every situation and every level of stress.