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Dec 09

Stress Less During Final Week of Classes!

MANDALA COLORING REFOCUS YOUR THOUGHTS

MANDALA COLORING
REFOCUS YOUR THOUGHTS

Need a stress ball! You can make one at the Stress Less fair!

Need a stress ball!
You can make one at the Stress Less fair!

  The GCU Stress Less Event has become an annual tradition. The offices of Student Affairs and Student Success get together to provide fun and stress free events before Finals Week kicks in. This provides opportunities to relax, unwind, refocus, and have fun before the grueling week of final exams.

Stress is an important factor that can affect academic performance and success. Yes, the competition for grades, deadlines for papers and projects, a heavy course load, work, relationships, fear of academic failure, the need to perform well, career choices and many other aspects of “college life” cause stress. Stress can stop you cold in your tracks. Stress can be paralyzing.  Stress can affect your health. If you were unable to visit the fair, GCU counselor Elizabeth Tomasulo, Psy.D has the following  stress management strategies:

Strategy #1   GET MOVING! Put on some music and dance, dance, dance! Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car in the farthest spot in the lot and walk the rest of the way. Pair up with an exercise partner and encourage each other as you work out. Visit the GCU fitness center!

 

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PET THERAPY DOGS HELP RELIEVE THE STRESS

 

 

 

 

 

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Strategy #2 ENGAGE SOCIALLY! Help someone else by volunteering. Thank you to all the student volunteers during the stress less event! Call or e-mail an old friend. Schedule weekly dinner date with friends. Meet new people by joining an activity or club.

Pick a Duck Win a school supply! pens, pencils, clips, highlighters, galore

Pick a Duck
Win a school supply!
pens, pencils, clips, highlighters, galore

 

 

 

Strategy #3 AVOID UNNECESSARY STRESS Learn how to say “no”. Avoid people who stress you out. Take control of your environment.

Students enjoyed Sno Cones Very Refreshing!!!! Very De-stressing!

Students enjoyed Sno Cones
Very Refreshing!!!!
Very De-stressing!

 

Strategy #4 Accept the Things You Can’t Change! Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Look for the upside. Learn to forgive.

Paint a pine cone!

Paint a pine cone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategy #5 MAKE TIME FOR FUN AND RELAXATION Set aside relaxation time. Do something you enjoy every day. Keep your sense of humor. And visit the Stress Less fair on campus!

Enjoy a FREE Chair Massage!

Enjoy a FREE Chair Massage!

 

 

Ring Toss! Physical activity is good for the mind and good for your health.

Ring Toss!
Physical activity is good for the mind and good for your health.

 

 

Stress Less is also a great time to enroll in social services

Stress Less Fair  is also a great time to enroll in social services

 

GCU students picking their "Duck Pond" prize

GCU students picking their “Duck Pond” prize

 

Navigator provided assistance for students to enroll in ACA health insurance

Navigator provided assistance for students to enroll in ACA health insurance

 

 

TRIO provided students with study tips including techniques to help students prioritize assignments.

 

 

 

Res Life provided students with a Hot Cocoa bar Cookies and marshmallows galore!

Res Life provided students with a Hot Cocoa bar
Cookies and marshmallows galore!

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