Issue 12
Monday, 31 July 2017
Charles Darwin University
CDU Clinical Psychology Lecturer Carmen Cubillo.
CDU Clinical Psychology Lecturer Carmen Cubillo.

Take time to stress less, psychologist urges

By Ellie Turner

Learning how to protect your precious down time and relax are some of the tips students and staff should heed as Semester Two begins, according to a Charles Darwin University researcher.

Clinical Psychology Lecturer Carmen Cubillo said nurturing mental health was the key to increased wellbeing and resilience, which protected people against the stress of a busy lifestyle.

“Some of our time in therapy is spent coaching clients to allocate time to relax on a regular basis, and treating that time as an appointment that can’t be rescheduled or postponed,” she said.

“We need to commit to de-stressing.”

Ms Cubillo said that with the recent start of Semester Two at CDU, students should be mindful of developing personal stress management strategies.

“Find an activity you’re good at or something you enjoy and make it part of your routine,” she said.

“It could be something as simple as baking, playing music, walking on the beach or getting a massage.

“Don’t wait until you get run-down and sick to relax.”

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