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Published on 22 October 2012

22 October 2012

University of the Sunshine Coast students will discover ways to manage life’s pressures during a special on-campus event held each semester ahead of final exams and assignments.

USC’s Stressless Day will be held tomorrow (Tuesday, 23 October) from 10am-2pm for University staff and students.

USC’s Student Equity and Diversity Officer Marjorie Blowers said the day would be filled with fun activities and information on how to cope with stress.

“More elevated levels of stress are a normal part of University life so we’re putting on an event where people can chat to the counselling and Unify Crew, learn to relax through yoga and relaxation CDs, receive free massages, and learn about stress management through exercise,” she said.

Ms Blowers said a free barbecue, with salad and fruit also on the menu, would emphasise the importance of healthy and regular eating to maximise brain function and reduce tension.

She said social volleyball matches would be held throughout the day, while USC Sport would supervise cycling, running and rowing time trials at C Block.

“Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stimulate endorphins, which assists with reducing stress,” Ms Blowers said.

“We are raising awareness that long hours at the gym are not needed to get those endorphins pumping. Half an hour of activity a day is a great addition to a stress management program.”

Local musicians Mitch Barrington, Kelsie Rimmer and Kimbal Hurtz will perform from 10am-1pm near Cafe J. The movie, The Avengers, is scheduled to screen at the Uni Club at 6pm.

“At the last Stressless Day, we gave away 170 Relaxation CDs and had heaps of great feedback,” Ms Blowers said.

“We expect this event to be just as popular.”

— Michelle Widdicombe

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