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.

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 to Dr. Brandy Smith, Staff Psychologist at SCS.

For many, this is the busiest time of year with classroom deadlines, gift shopping, and final exams. 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.