LOGAN, Utah — Utah State University Campus Recreation and CAPS will host the Rec Your Stress event during No Test Week, Dec. 5-7. Each day will have a series of different events that are open to all students, faculty and staff.
“This is a great way for students to take a break and destress during no-test week as they are preparing for any finals or projects,” said Amanda Bray, assistant director of Healthy Lifestyle Programs & Community Engagement. “This will also give faculty and staff a chance to take a break from the office and learn some new destressing techniques with the holidays coming up. It is also a great way to get out and meet some friends as they engage in fun activities.”
The festivities will begin on Monday, Dec. 5, with a Stress Bust event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Aggie Recreation Center MAC Gym. During the event, REACH Peers will host various mental health modules that will focus on belly breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, visualization, mindfulness and meditation, healthy thinking, test anxiety, body acceptance, self-care and more. Each module will be between 10-15 minutes long. Along with these module sessions, participants will also be able to play board games, mindfully eat treats and interact with therapy dogs.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, there will be two events, one in the morning and the other in the evening. At 7 a.m., there will be a yoga session in the Aggie Recreation Center Loft. After the yoga class, participants can enjoy a hot chocolate bar. In the evening, a holiday themed spin class will start at 6 p.m. in the Aggie Recreation Center spin room. The music will be holiday themed and participants are welcome to dress in their favorite holiday attire. Space for both events will be limited. Those who would like to sign up can do so at USU’s online recreation portal.
The final event will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. There will be an Ugly Sweater Party and gaming in the Esports center, located in the old distribution center by Maverik Stadium. Everyone is welcome to wear their best (or worst) ugly sweater and enjoy various games such as Super Smash Brothers, Mario Kart, Dungeons and Dragons, virtual reality games, and many more. Snacks and refreshments will also be available to enjoy.
CAPS’s mission is to embrace a holistic approach to student development by removing psychological, emotional, and behavioral barriers to learning and success. For more information, visit usu.edu/aggiewellness/mental-health.
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