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May 17

STRESS LESS CARNIVAL… Finals week looms @ GCU

Pick a duck... receive a needed school supply for finals week...

Pick a duck… receive a needed school supply for finals week…

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A fun game of corn hole!

A fun game of corn hole!

Hot dogs and Nachos, galore!

Hot dogs and Nachos, galore!

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What can be better than a massage to relieve stress & tension?

What can be better than a massage to relieve stress & tension?

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Easing the stress of finals!

Easing the stress of finals!

 

What could be better than spending time with an adorable cocker spaniel!

What could be better than spending time with an adorable cocker spaniel!

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Approaching a grueling finals week? Take some time & revitalize with various mindful activities.

Approaching a grueling finals week? Take some time & revitalize with various mindful activities.

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Mandala coloring... always calming...

Mandala coloring… always calming…

Students enjoying popcorn & Dippin Dots during Stress Less Carnival at the onset of Finals Week

Students enjoying popcorn & Dippin Dots during Stress Less Carnival at the onset of Finals Week

GCU enjoying the sun & fun prior to finals week.

GCU enjoying the sun & fun prior to finals week.

Pet Therapy dogs help to relieve stress for students!

Pet Therapy dogs help to relieve stress for students!

m5It’s that time of year again for GCU students. Finals week is beginning and student’s stress levels are rising while their sleep levels are declining. GCU students took a “Stress Less” break to reenergize & refocus prior to finals. The offices of Student Affairs and Student Success planned many activities to engage students and provide them with the tools to de-stress.

 

 

 

 

 

Is STRESS getting the better of you?

Stress is tension or pressures that are a natural part of living our lives. Changes and events in our lives ( finals, papers, assignments all due within a short period of time!) are major sources of stress. Pressures and tension from both good and bad changes can trigger our Stress Alarm System making us feel that we want to either fight the stress or run away from it.

Learning to read your mind and body language is a way to tell if you are under stress. Cold hands, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, forgetfulness, shakiness, headaches, muscle tension, knotted stomach are some of the ways your body/mind let you know that you need to change the stress, leave the stress or go with it.

You don’t have to handle it alone. When confronted with a crisis or overwhelmed with stress talk things out with friends and family. Don’t forget the GCU Counseling Center provides free, confidential services. Contact them at 732-987-2680. Getting help can help to put you back on course and reduce the negative effects STRESS can have on you.

HEALTHFUL TIPS:

Develop a positive, realistic attitude. Recognizing when you are being unfair or unrealistic with yourself is a good start. Give yourself “self applause”, a pat on the back for a job well done and look for the positive in “failure”- what have you learned from this experience.

Getting proper rest and sleep gives both your body and mind time to quiet down and regenerate.

Relaxation is a skill in itself. Listen to music, exercise, meditate, and mindful activities quiet you down to feel renewed.

 

DON”T FOOL YOURSELF. Drugs, tobacco , and alcohol are no cure for stress!

Foods high in protein, vitamin C, B, and A protect us from the effects of stress. These are found in whole grain foods, fruits and veggies, especially citrus fruits, dark green leafy veggies, meat , and dairy products. Caffeine, candy bars, and junk food create false energy and stress the body even more.

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