De-Stress During Midterms

I’ll be honest with you. As I sit here writing this post, I’m stressed. Chances are, being that we are in the middle of midterms, you may be feeling the same way. I have about a million papers, projects and tests this week (okay, maybe not a million, but you get my point) and it just seems as though there are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Needless to say, ECL and I will become very good friends by the end of this week.

Last week, Leah detailed ways you can avoid stress this fall. She encouraged you to get rid of distractions, lay out your tasks, set realistic goals, find support with peers, ask for help and give yourself a pat on the back. I hope these suggestions are helping you, because they are definitely helping me.

To add to Leah’s suggestions, I want to share with you some resources JMU offers to help you relieve stress. Even as a senior, I was unaware of just how many options are out there before doing some research. I hope after reading this post, you will take advantage of all the ways this school helps JM(TakeCareOf)U.

When you’re feeling stressed . . .

The Oasis

The Oasis – Located in The Student Success Center

The JMU Counseling Center offers The Oasis. This room is available to all students, faculty, and staff and serves as a resource to relieve stress and learn relaxation techniques. Visit The Oasis for all of its features including:

  • Yoga Mats, Pillows, and Blankets
  • Water Features
  • iPads with many relaxation apps
  • Two Massage Chairs
  • Noise-Canceling Headphones
  • Relaxation Guidebook

When you’re full of bottled up emotions . . .

The Studio – Located in The Student Success Center

In addition to The Oasis, the JMU Counseling Center offers The Studio which is an expressive arts room featuring:

  • Paints and Brushes
  • Canvases, Sketchpads, Construction Paper
  • Moldable Clay and Sand
  • Markers, Colored Pencils, and Crayons
  • Outlines for Mandalas and Masks
  • Fabrics and Ribbons
  • Studio Guidebook

Visit this room to allow yourself to express your emotions and explore your creative abilities.

When you need a smile . . .

Animal-Assisted therapy is proven to help mental and physical issues. The American Humane Association defines Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) as “a goal directed intervention in which an animal meeting specific criteria is an integral part of the clinical health-care treatment process. Animal-assisted therapy is delivered or directed by a professional health or human service provider who demonstrates skill and expertise regarding the clinical applications of human-animal interactions.” Luckily, JMU is home to three therapy-dogs. Francis (pictured below) even has his own Twitter! Follow him for information on where he will be on campus if you ever need a smile brought on by this adorable face.

Francis – I mean, look at this face!

When you are struggling with a class . . .

The Learning Centers

JMU offers learning centers to assist you with subjects including:

  • Communication Center
  • Digital Communication
  • English Language Learner Services
  • Peer Assisted Study Sessions
  • Science & Math Learning Center
  • University Writing Center

Personally, I have been to the Communication Center and had an amazing experience. The tutors helped my group and I perfect a speech we had to do for a Presentational Speaking class. They even videoed us and sent us the footage of us performing the speech so we could decipher areas where we could improve. If you are having a hard time in a class, don’t be afraid to make an appointment. It never hurts to ask for help.

We are lucky to go to a school that makes a point to offer students help beyond a classroom setting. As students, it is our job to take advantage of these resources whenever we feel they are necessary. So, the next time you need a second to relax or help on an assignment, remember these tips as a way to de-stress.

Good luck on midterms dukes. Hang in there.

Peace, Love & DDP



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