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Live well @OHIO: Stress stoppers

Campus Recreation helps students manage mental stress during finals week
Mar 4, 2010
By Bridget Coughlin

Living well is as much about mental wellness as physical wellness, and the two are often closely related.

Mind.org.uk*, a Web site dedicated to helping others develop and maintain mental health, gives four tips on how to stay mentally fit -- "eat well, sleep well, exercise and enjoy yourself."

During finals week, for many the most stressful time of the quarter, Ohio University students and staff can find at least three of the four being offered at Ping Center.

Ping Center is hosting a finals week stress reliever event on Monday, March 15, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the lounge. The event will feature massages with the Fitness Department?s massage therapists and relaxing and nostalgic board games like Jenga and Candyland, as well as free food.

"Everyone needs a break from the stress that finals week brings each quarter," said Allison Shields, a graduate assistant at Ping. "This event is just one option that provides students with a chance to forget about their work for a couple hours."

The stress reliever event is held in the fall and winter quarters to provide students with a chance to relax with their friends and to take their minds off of exams and projects. It is an opportunity for students to manage their stress and balance work with play to recharge and re-energize.

Shields said that students can come and go throughout the two-hour period. Games, crafts and food will be available to anyone wishing to participate. Exercise facilities will remain open during this time.

"The overall goal of the event is to provide an environment for students to enjoy themselves with friends, good laughs and fun, stress-free activities that they can enjoy."


*Following this link takes you outside of the Ohio University Web site.


Published: Mar 4, 2010 8:00 AM



The Ping Center will be offering massages as part of its finals week stress reliever event. A massage could be perfect for easing back- and neck pain and tension related to last-minute studying.


Photographer: Rick Fatica 

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