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!
PET THERAPY DOGS HELP RELIEVE THE STRESS
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.
Strategy #3 AVOID UNNECESSARY STRESS Learn how to say “no”. Avoid people who stress you out. Take control of your environment.
Strategy #4 Accept the Things You Can’t Change! Don’t try to control the uncontrollable. Look for the upside. Learn to forgive.
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!
TRIO provided students with study tips including techniques to help students prioritize assignments.