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Wellness Wednesday: De-Stress, Relax and Reconnect

Students painting at a Whine and Design event

Finals are around the corner and many plan to hunker down to study for the next several days. While studying is a tried and true method for exam preparation, Cornell Health states that taking purposeful breaks is just as important to refresh your brain and increase your productivity and energy.

There are a variety of ways to recharge, with activities ranging from five to 60 minutes, including deep breathing, meditation, taking a shower or journaling. With final exams, projects and other commitments, it can be difficult to find time to take a break. Rest, relax and recharge your inner batteries during De-Stress Fest, taking place from Tuesday, April 23 to Wednesday, May 1. 

On-The-Go Essentials

Don’t have time to stay for an entire event? Drop by the De-Stress Express table on the second floor of James B. Hunt Library on April 24 to select from a variety of exam essentials, like KIND® bars and teas, and get resources with best practices for studying.

Create a Study Plan

You may have read our previous blog about time management, and similar rules apply to studying. If you’re unsure of when or how to start, meet with a wellness coach at the DIY Study Planning Session at James B. Hunt Library on April 25 to spend time looking at the week ahead and identify ways to hold yourself accountable for creating a positive study environment. 

De-Stress With Nature

While there are many ways to create a positive studying environment, it’s also important to disconnect from work by reconnecting with nature. Going outside can spark creativity, resolve any mental blocks and foster a restful night’s sleep. Join Wellness and Recreation for Let’s Walk About It on April 25 for a guided meditative walk around Lake Raleigh and connect all five senses to nature and release stress through mindful movement. 

Craft Your Stress Away

Research shows that using art in all forms (painting, drawing, music, song, dance) as a tool for therapy allows individuals to express themselves more freely and improve interpersonal relationships. NC State recognizes the benefits of crafting through opportunities like the Counseling Center’s Crafting and Connecting drop-in opportunity. Many other crafting opportunities will be offered during De-Stress Fest, like Teas, Totes, and Terracotta hosted by the LGBTQ  Pride Center, a Paint Break hosted by Prevention Services and Wellness and Recreation’s signature event, Howl and Chill: Whine and Design

Check back on the De-Stress Fest page as more events are added throughout the month and make your plan for finals week to relax and recharge!