Conquer exam stress with live music, meditation labyrinth – UCalgary News

The SU Wellness Centre and the Faith and Spirituality Centre are hosting two unique spaces for students and members of the campus community to relax and recharge during exam week.

Live music in the atrium: Three University of Calgary music students — Matthew Beaubien, Dylan Cooney, and Steven Dorscher — will be playing live music in the Kinesiology B atrium from 11 a.m. until noon every weekday from April 17 to 26. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Student Experience).

Labyrinth in the dance studio: A labyrinth will be available in the Dance Studio (KNA 162) and will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. from April 17 to 21. The labyrinth is a large fabric maze that can be used as a form of walking meditation, for mindful movement, centering or prayer. The space also features low lighting and mats for resting.

University of Calgary students and other members of the university community are invited to listen to live music or take a walk around the labyrinth to relax during the final exam period. 

“Taking time to relax and recharge is an important strategy to maintain wellness during times of increased stress,” says Debbie Bruckner, senior director of student wellness, access and support.

“These initiatives support our Campus Mental Health Strategy, which focuses on supporting the mental health and well-being of our university family. We’re committed to creating a community of caring, an environment where we can talk openly about mental health and well-being, and ensure our community is able to seek the support and resources they need to help them reach their potential.”

Managing stress: some strategies to manage stress during final exams

The final exam period is a stressful time of year for many students. There’s no one way to manage stress, but here are a few ideas that are helpful in managing and coping with stress:

  • Schedule time each day to relax
  • Practice mindfulness of daily activities. For example:
  • Intentionally shift your full attention to the present moment
  • Feel the air as you walk outside
  • Slow down and really taste the food you are eating
  • Look at the people and places around you
  • Take a moment to listen to music or the sounds in your current environment
  • Take care of your physical and emotional well-being as you study
  • Apply strategies to manage or reduce test anxiety  
  • For more information about strategies to reduce exam anxiety, view a short interactive online module.

    How you perceive and approach stress can make a big difference on how it impacts you. Try thinking of the stress you feel in preparing for and/or writing an exam as a challenge, rather than a threat. The physical signs of stress (increased heart rate, etc.) you experience are signs that your body getting ready to respond to the challenge.

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