Stress management

Stress is intrinsic to academic life. High expectations, pressure, exams and uncertainty of passing classes, being far from family and friends, adapting to a new environment, managing a budget, and so on is part of the daily life. When these factors add up, the stress they create can affect your mental health and detract from your studies.

Identify and manage stress

Neuroscientists studying the structure and functioning of our nervous system and brain can help us understand how our bodies react in the face of stress.

Here are 3 videos that aim to understand the impact of stress on the body and the brain, to give clues to solve it and to identify the alarm signals to take into account to avoid burn-out.

1 – What is stress? Understanding the mechanisms underlying stress and how it affects our bodies and brains.

2 – Practical tools to manage stress and find mental and physical balance.

3 – The alarm signals caused by stress and when to ask for help (at EPFL specifically).

Provided in collaboration with a team of researchers at EPFL’s Brain Mind Institute (BMI) and the Stressnetwork.ch


The breath of senses (in French)

Here are 2 audios to relax (short and long version). To be used without moderation when waking up, in public transportation, during the day, before falling asleep! Those audios are also useful in case of difficulty to concentrate or to fall asleep.

Provided in collaboration whith the Coaching. Thanks to Leo Martin, supercoach and student in Physics, for lending his voice.

EPFL ressources

Stress management course

For CMS, Bachelor and Master students

Mooc ” Apprendre à étudier”

How to deal with stress (Videos: point 7)

Individual support

Individual support available in case of difficulties

Keys to success

Taking care of yourself is essential to academic success