| 03.17.2018

After break, take a break — Take time to destress before dead week and final exams


As the fall semester comes to a close, many students will begin to feel an increase in the pressure of homework and impending exams.

It is important to stay on top of one’s workload, but that doesn’t mean spending every hour of every day pouring over books and homework in the library. In fact, studies have shown the best way to be productive involves taking a few breaks throughout a long study session.

On the University of Idaho campus this week, there are multiple activities available for students to participate in and refresh their minds. Take advantage of them and make memories that will extend beyond the classroom. 

One of the best ways to relieve stress is to simply spend time with a furry friend. From 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, therapy dogs from Palouse Paws will be in the Clearwater room of the Idaho Commons. The event will include a discussion about how to destress — something many college students can benefit from during this of the year.

Santa is also coming to town. Embrace your inner child and take a photo with Saint Nick sometime between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday or Thursday in the Commons Rotunda.

Also Wednesday, UI professor Jamie Derrick will offer a free drop-in mindfulness meditation from noon to 12:20 p.m. Mindfulness is perhaps one of the best ways to relieve stress, so acquiring mindful skills might come in handy in the coming weeks.

A number of relaxing activities including origami, coloring, holiday crafts and video games will be available from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the MILL at the library. Not only can you relax, but you don’t have to travel far to do so.

Consuming healthy food and exercising is also important when it comes to fueling a successful brain. Stop by the Vandal Health Hut between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Commons for advice on how to stay healthy.

A quick workout at the Student Recreation Center might also help your brain relax before getting the thoughts back to flowing.If you like caroling, ugly sweaters, cookies and making presents for your family, you might be interested in ASUI Vandal Entertainment’s Holiday Extravaganza Thursday. From 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., students can stop by and partake in the festivities for free with their Vandal Cards.

For a longer break, see “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” The UI Theatre Department production is free for UI students 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday this week and next and at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday this week and Sunday next week.

Music can also have restorative powers, and as per usual, members of the Lionel Hampton School of Music will have concerts this week. Students and/or ensembles will perform on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Remember, a stressful time of the year can always be curbed with a touch of holiday and Vandal spirit.


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