Midterms got you down? Come on out and Treat Yo Self!

Join New Student Programs, the Counseling Center, and University Recreation for a break from midterm exams at Treat Yo Self! Be one of the first 50 attendees and receive a coupon for FREE Howling Cow ice cream and then…

  • take a ride on the smoothie bike to blend your own tasty treat
  • enjoy a game of giant Jenga
  • show off your creativity with some chalk art
  • try your hand at hula hooping, and other mindfulness activities to refocus your attention before exams

Check out these tips & tricks for managing stress as you begin studying, and then stop by the event for stress-relieving giveaways!

Bubble blowing provides a fun and playful way to become versed in various breathing techniques. Learning how to breathe properly can benefit your physical and emotional health over the long term. For example, deep abdominal breathing can improve circulation, boost ventilation and relieve anxiety and stress. Blowing bubbles as a mindfulness technique allows you to focus on taking in a deep, slow breath, and exhaling steadily to fill the bubble. Pay close attention to the bubbles as they form, detach, and pop or float away.
Studies suggest that the simple act of gum chewing also brings down stress levels, reduces anxiety, and helps with alertness. It can ward off fatigue, and even improve memory. A piece of gum can help keep you calm and give your mouth something to do. The act of slowly chewing gum can help you concentrate on your tasks and keep a level head.
Did you know the crunching of popcorn can help relieve muscle tension in your face and jaw? The carbohydrates will also release serotonin, which will make you relax.The sound of the popping is a happy sound… the smell of it is exciting, and the taste of it is enjoyable.
A recent survey conducted by a product protection company found that one minute spent popping bubble wrap relieves as much stress as a 33-minute massage. Supposedly, the benefit of popping Bubble Wrap provides instant gratification when de-stressing.  And 44% of men and 35% of women say quicker is better when it comes to relieving stress.