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SXU Counseling Center Hosts 'Stress-Less Week' for Students


The end of the semester can be an incredibly stressful time, both at Saint Xavier University (SXU) and at institutions across the country. As the SXU community finishes up classwork and prepares for the upcoming finals, the SXU Counseling Center is preparing for a week to help students reduce the impending stress of final exams. Every semester, the Counseling Center sponsors 'Stress-Less Week'. From December 3 to 6, the SXU community will have many opportunities to take a break from studying and treat themselves.

Starting Monday, December 3, SXU students are invited to start off their week in the Butler Reception Room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where they will discover an opportunity to experience some tranquility with a free chair massage, delicious tea, a peaceful walk or listening to a guided meditation.

On Tuesday, December 4, Lucky the Husky and his licensed therapy dog friends will be on campus in the Wiseman Student Lounge from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to soothe and delight students during this stressful time of year. Research has shown that therapy animals can reduce anxiety, depression and stress. The ability of animals to be resent with openness and responsiveness can increase socialization and alleviate some of the loneliness students can experience while intensely studying for exams.

On Wednesday, December 5, the SXU community is invited to come let loose with friends and unleash their inner child from 11:30 to 1 p.m. in the Wiseman Student Lounge. Attendees will play old favorites and boardgames, such as Monopoly and Life, or be creative with Play-Doh and perler beads. There will also be coloring for adults, playing cards, chess, checkers and hot chocolate.

Finally, on Thursday, December 6, students are invited to come out for the Ice Cream Sundae Bar packed with all the toppings. The SXU community will have the chance to take one last break from the stress of studying for a make-your-own sundae bar extravaganza at the Counseling Center from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Saint Xavier University is incredibly proud of the immense work and passion its students puts into their academics and delighted to have such enthusiastic personnel at the Counseling Center working to balance that work with entertainment and relaxation. The Counseling Center is dedicated to providing a holistic, student-centered environment which encourages personal growth and well-being in keeping with the mission of Saint Xavier University.

For more information about Stress-Less Week or the services the Counseling Center offers throughout the year, contact 773-298-4045 or counselingcenterFREESXU.