​Tell someone who cares about you what your difficulties are, and ask for extra support. Be as specific as you can about what you need and what might help. Reaching out to supportive others can often be very helpful.

Get enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep generally makes stress worse. If possible, try to stick to a sleep schedule and get between 6-9 hours of sleep per night.

Keep active and exercise. Physical movement and exercise has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety. A good general goal is to exercise 3-5 times a week for 30 minutes. Exercising too much can add additional stress to your body.

Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and other non-prescription drugs as these may make anxiety and depression worse.

Keep a routine, such as attending classes or work, but reduce stress by eliminating activities that are a lower priority.

Try to avoid making any major decisions or changes in your life while you are in a very distressed or emotional place.

Make a plan about what to do if your mood worsens and you are unable to function or feel you are in danger of hurting yourself or someone else. Some options are:

  • tell your family or a good friend and ask for help
  • go home to family
  • Contact SCS for a crisis appointment
  • Call 911 [0128080911 from mobile phone] or go to the KAUST Medical Clinic Emergency Room​