Published on 23 October 2012
23 October 2012
University of the Sunshine Coast students have swapped study books for massages, yoga, food and music in a bid to reduce their stress levels ahead of final semester exams and assignments.
The event – called Stressless Day – attracted about 300 students and staff at USC’s Sippy Downs campus on Tuesday 23 October.
USC’s Student Equity and Diversity Officer Marjorie Blowers said Stressless Day was a huge success with students asking for the twice-yearly event to be held more often.
“It was great to see students and staff switch off and enjoy a massage, play some volleyball, have a go on the Slackline and relax with friends on the lawn,” she said.
“It’s important to teach students and staff how to manage life’s pressure and achieve a balance in life — and that’s what today was all about.”
About 220 healthy barbecue meals were dished out to students and staff at lunchtime to emphasise the importance of regular, nutritional snacking for stress management.
Ms Blowers said students took home about 80 relaxation CDs, enjoyed 50 free massages and chatted openly to counsellors.
“The message to people is to not to isolate yourself if you are feeling anxious or under pressure,” she said.
“Talk to a counsellor or a friend. Maintaining social contact is very important.”
The sounds of local musicians Mitch Barrington and Kimbal Hurtz echoed across the campus between 10am-1pm, while a movie screening of The Avengers took place at the Uni Club at 6pm.
— Michelle Widdicombe