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Wind Down Wednesday

John Galeziewski | Tuesday, October 2, 2012

As fall break appears on the horizon, many of you are probably starting to feel the pressure of upcoming midterms and projects. And as you all know, being stressed out about school work can be detrimental to your health and happiness. Since we’re not likely to be able to skip our midterms or projects, PILLARS would like to help you reduce your stress level during these next few challenging weeks.

First and foremost, you can reduce stress by eating right and getting enough sleep. In fact, studies in the journal Child Development show that students who get eight hours of sleep and eat a healthy breakfast perform better on tests than the students who stay up all night to cram. The more REM cycles you get, the more information you can retain. Other helpful tips include talking to friends about what’s stressing you out and getting regular exercise. Outside activities, even a walk around the lakes, can be especially effective at reducing stress and mental fatigue. Finally, if you feel that your stress has gotten the best of you, we have wonderful counselors and resources at St. Liam Hall that can help you manage the academic pressures more effectively.

We also encourage you to fight stress by scheduling some play time. To help you with that, your friends at PILLARS have organized a study break party at Legends tonight from 8-9:30 p.m. This event is designed to offer students some well-deserved down time and hopefully a bit of fun. Appetizers, desserts, lemonade and iced tea will be provided. Stress-reducing activities will include karaoke, Apples to Apples, Catchphrase and card games. For those of you who want to relive a bit of your childhood, there will be craft stations with Legos, Play-Doh and drawing materials.

All of us at PILLARS hope to see you at Legends tonight for some of these stress reducing diversions.

Go Irish, beat midterms!

PILLARS of Notre Dame

John Galeziewski
Siegfried Hall
Oct. 2