Resources to Help Reduce Stress

As finals week draws near, students may be prone to increased levels of anxiety. The University encourages students to take a break and enjoy some of the stress releasing events and resources that Truman offers.

Stress Less for Success

Finals week is always hectic and stressful. Taking a time out to let the body and mind relax is a great way to combat stress. Join the Wellness Zone for free food, certificates for the massage chair and fun and games from 4-6 p.m. May 3 on the Quad.

The Wellness Zone 
In addition to the “Stress Less for Success” event, the Wellness Zone provides many additional resources to help curb stress. It offers a stress-free environment on campus where students can come to relax and learn stress-management techniques. Available materials include information about the different dimensions of wellness, meditation guides and health tips. Visit the Wellness Zone in person at Pickler Memorial Library 108 or online. During finals week, the Wellness Zone will be open from 12-5 p.m. May 4, 5, 7 and 8, and from 3-5 p.m. May 6.

Exam Treats
Students can take a break from late-night studying to enjoy exam treats in any of the dining halls on campus. Treats are complementary for students with a meal plan and $4 for those without. Exam treats will be open from 10:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m. May 3, 4 and 6.  

Student Rec Center
The Student Rec Center is a great way to burn off some steam during the end of the semester rush. Students can use the weight room, cardio equipment or attend one of the many different instructional programs.

Finals Week Student Recreation Center Hours

May 4-6
9 a.m.-11 p.m.

May 7-8
9 a.m.-7 p.m.

May 9-10

Tips to Deal with Stress

Get Adequate Sleep. Without this, small problems appear insurmountable and can lead to irritability. If well-rested, stress is more manageable.

Eat Right and Regularly. Cut down on convenient junk food and increase healthy nutritious food. Students should be aware of obsessive habits and tendencies to deny their basic needs.

Exercise on a Regular Basis. Even moderate daily exercise can help increase mood, as well as aid digestion and sleep. Students are encouraged to find an activity they enjoy and can fit into their schedule and routine.

Have a Support System. Building friendships and relationships can be a safety net in times of stress. Nurture relationships with trusted friends and mentors, and enjoy the benefits of helping others in return. Stop hanging out with negative people.

Become Aware of Emotional Health. Find ways to explore and clarify feelings and thoughts. Express feelings directly and assertively rather than acting them out in aggressive or self-destructive behaviors. Honestly acknowledging personal feelings may help avoid the loss of balance.

Manage Time. Create a schedule to effectively manage academic demands, work, social life, organizational obligations and private time. Students must understand their own needs and find time to accommodate what works for them. Try to be flexible when faced with incoming workloads and high expectations. Learn to say no and set limits.

Have Some Fun and Learn to Relax. Take time out to relax and mentally let go. Finding activities that are enjoyable and meaningful will rejuvenate the mind and help to bring perspective when times are difficult.

Stay In the Present. It is easy to complain about the past and to worry about the future. Doing this all of the time can make one miss out on life as it happens. Make a constant effort to stay in the moment and enjoy life now.

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