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Ways to de-stress on campus
Ways to de-stress on campus
University can be stressful. Thankfully, there are lots of programs and activities on campus to help you de-stress. Below are my top 5 suggestions to de-stress on campus:
Physical activity can be a great way to unwind and blow off steam. Exercise can improve your mental and physical health and increase your motivation to accomplish your goals. Working out at the gym is one option, but why not participate in a free class instead? The Students’ Union offers free yoga classes twice a week in That Empty Space and if yoga isn’t for you, there are also free piloxing classes every week in the same space! Piloxing is a cross between pilates and boxing and is a fantastic and fun way to get some cardio in. Yoga occurs every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:30-1:30 and Piloxing is every Wednesday from 12-1.
2. Pet Therapy
One of my favourite ways to de-stress on campus is to attend Pet Therapy. At Pet Therapy, students can come pet some of the cutest dogs ever, chat with their owners, and relax. Scientific studies have shown that petting a dog reduces stress levels by providing a sense of connection and increasing positive hormones which lead to feelings of calm. The Students’ Union runs Pet Therapy every month and I am always there! The next Pet Therapy will be March 22nd from 12-1:30 in That Empty Space.
3. Visit the Wellness Centre
My personal favourite way to de-stress is to get a massage from the Wellness Centre. Not only is it conveniently located on the 3rd floor of Mac Hall, but the massage therapists are awesome, and the prices are decent compared to other locations in the city. The Wellness Centre also offers many Wellness Workshops, student support, and counselling services if you feel like you may need professional help dealing with your stress levels.
4. Take a fun break
During university it can be easy to focus solely on academics and forget to take time to hang out with friends and do activities purely because they are fun. I definitely recommend hitting up some activities on campus so you don’t need to stray too far from the university while still having fun. On Tuesday, March 26th the Students’ Union will be hosting a Disney Trivia night at The Den. This is a great way to de-stress at the end of the day or to take a quick break before heading back to TFDL. Remember that balance is essential to having a happy and stress-free university experience.
5. Study with friends
Lastly, final exams are probably the most stressful time of the year. Studying with friends in a positive environment can be one of the best ways to focus on academics while still relaxing and doing something you enjoy. This year, the Students’ Union is holding an SU Social during final exams on April 17th. There will be movies, snacks, and a de-stressing activity all for free. Best of all, you can feel free to come with your friends and bring in your school work to study!
In all, take advantage of all the activities offered on campus to help yourself de-stress. Remember that it is important to take the time to take care of yourself even when school gets stressful and that there are lots of easy ways that you can incorporate de-stressing activities into your university routine!
Carly Checholik is in her 5th year of Archaeology and Development Studies. She likes cuddling cats, drinking coffee, doing yoga, and watching the Gilmore Girls. Carly works as a Program and Event Assistant at the Students’ Union.