Tips and Tricks to De-stress

The end of the semester is approaching and that means it’s time to buckle down and start studying for finals. This can be a stressful time of year for everyone, so how do you deal? Take a deep breath and check out the resources below to ease your mind!

Apps
The Counseling and Psychological Services webpage suggests a number of free and low-cost apps to help you relax, form healthy habits, or even create your own virtual Zen garden. You can find a list of apps here.

Wellness Center Events
The Wellness Center here at St. Thomas offers many programs to promote wellbeing and give you the chance to take a break from your studies.

Here is a list of some upcoming Wellness Center events:

• Yoga in the Library: A stress-relieving way to keep your body moving during the busy finals season. Monday, April 24th from 7pm to 8pm and Monday, May 15th from 7pm to 8pm.

• Deep Tissue Tennis Ball Massage: Learn self-massage techniques using a tennis ball and take a tennis ball home to continue practicing! Monday, May 8th from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.

• Procrastination Night-Get Your Act Together: Come to the second floor of the Library for tutors, chair massages, healthy snacks, and more. Monday, May 8th from 7pm to 10pm.

Counseling and Psychological Services
All full time, degree-seeking day students are eligible for services at CAPS. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious, you can work with a counselor to explore your concerns and work towards a better understanding and resolution of your difficulties. To learn more, check out their website.

• OISS Stress-Less Event: Brian from CAPS will be leading a session for international students to go over stress management techniques and how to make the most of your resources on campus. Pizza will be provided! Thursday, April 27th from 12pm to 1pm in ASC 238.

Other Tips and Tricks
For me, it is always important to remember that my health and happiness are the most important things. I practice self-care by taking breaks from studying to take a yoga class, go for a walk outside, or call a friend. Sleep is also top priority! Getting a full 7-8 hours of sleep will improve your mental performance and relieve feelings of stress. What tips do you have for managing stress? Share in the comments below.

-Katelyn, OISS

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