You all remember finals week: running on no sleep, drinking what seemed like gallons of coffee, and basically living at RBD library. Recall the stress of taking up to six exams in less than a week? Not so fun. If only you had a live-in masseuse at your new home away from home for the week. That would be nice, huh? Well it is current Auburn University students’ reality… at least for the day.
For the past three years, Student Counseling Services (SCS) and Health Promotion and Wellness Services have offered a final exams week stress reduction event at the library where students could come by and grab a free snack, make their own stress ball, create animal balloons, play games, chat with a counselor and get a free massage. Wishing you had this back in your college days? Me, too.
Sitting at a desk wondering how does this pertain to me as a non-student? Well along with free massages, students from Southern Union’s Therapeutic Massage Program were able to give some stress relief tips that could come in handy to alumni as well!
Southern Union massage therapy student Leigh Warren passed along this stress tip: “one should only stay sitting down and working for a maximum of 50 minutes. After that time, one needs to get up, move around, and quiet the mind in order to release tension in the body.”
Stress will eventually pass and there are ways to decrease its impact like journaling stressful thoughts, deep breathing, visualization, and seeking support from others according Dr. Brandy Smith, Staff Psychologist at SCS.
For many, this is the busiest time of year with work deadlines, gift shopping, and final exams for students. So take some time to relax and reflect on what’s most important in your life, the work will get done – it always does.
What are your most effective relaxation strategies? What helped you survive final exams? Share them! Want to see and experience it in person? Come by RBD during final exams week Spring 2103 but don’t fight with the students over who gets the massages.