First year students learn to ‘Stress less and be their best’ in resilience workshop

News Page 20th March 2019

First year students at the University of Northampton have been building their emotional resilience in a series of workshops delivered by IHEART and the Changemaker Hub.

The ‘Stress less and be your best’ events have been held throughout this week and have allowed students to think about tackling the daily pressures of University life in the run up to their exams, as well as being mindful of individual responses to stressful situations.

Workshops were delivered throughout the week by IHEART, Innate Health Education And Resilience Training, whose aim is to change the way that young people perceive their mental health and wellbeing, by allowing them to discover their resilience and potential.

Speaking of the workshop, IHEART CEO Brian Rubenstein said: “When we realise that our experience of stress can only ever come from our own minds, it introduces us to a whole new level of psychological freedom, whatever challenges come our way: this is the essence of the IHEART approach. We are delighted to have teamed up with the Changemaker Hub and the department of Accounting and Finance to bring this revolutionary approach to dealing with the stress to the University of Northampton.”

Honor Pacey, Deputy Programme Leader for BSc Accounting and Finance, said of the event: “The ‘Stress less, be your best’ workshop introduces students to new ideas on how to deal with stress they may experience in a range of scenarios. Understanding what stress is and identifying the feelings of stress allows students to evaluate and apply their own coping strategies, which is vital for their academic achievement as well as their future careers.”

The workshop is one of many events that counts as a credit for the Changemaker Employability Plus Bronze award, our unique recognition scheme where students are rewarded for their innovation and effort in making a difference at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Henrietta Faruggia, a student that attended one of the workshops said: “I found the talk interesting and eye-opening. I would definitely recommend this workshop to other students. It’s changed the way that I think about stress.”

To find out more about the Changemaker Employability Plus award scheme, please visit the Changemaker Hub website.

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