September 21, 2020

BY NATHAN BROWN

The time of year that every student dreads is fast approaching, exam week.

During this week, and the ones leading up to it, students are extremely stressed. Keeping a level head is hard.

Staff at Conestoga College’s Counselling Services understand this and want to help, so on Dec. 3 they are holding a Stress-Free Zone.

“Students need help to not let stress take control of them,” said Lydia Elmorales-Rey, a counsellor at the college.

The counselling office gave some tips to help lower stress including eating well, getting the right amount of sleep, relaxing and just having fun.

“It (The Stress-Free Zone) gives students an opportunity to engage in a few relaxation techniques, to introduce them to that and to show them how to manage stress differently or more effectively,” Elmorales-Rey said. “The whole emphasis of the Stress-Free Zone is to give students that support during a very stressful time in the semester.”

The zone will include a variety of activities such as a bath salt making workshop, tips for stress management and a free mini massage or reflexology treatment.

“It’s an opportunity to provide students with techniques, suggestions and a mini experience on how to reduce stress and manage stress,” Elmorales-Rey said.

The counselling office will also be handing out healthy snacks and a variety of teas.

The Stress-Free Zone will take place in the Atrium at the college on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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