Breathing, eating and de-stressing during finals

By Nenad Tadic | Emory Report | April 30, 2013

"The Breathing Room," a student-led initiative, aims to help students stress less during final exams.

Stress relief is the counterpoint to studying and worrying during final exams.  

"During finals, it's important to budget time to be with friends. Something like grabbing coffee and laughing together can help combat stress," suggests Maija Ehlinger, an Emory College junior.  

Stress less during finals week at Emory with the following activities:

The "Breathing Room" is a pilot project for a stress-free space, located in the Jones Room of the Woodruff Library. On May 1 from 6-8 p.m., students can participate in yoga, meditation, art therapy and enjoy free healthy snacks.  

This space is meant to be a relaxing environment to take a break from studying, says Taylor Werkema, an Emory College junior who helped create the Breathing Room as part of a health class project.  

"If we receive positive feedback about having this space," he adds, "we are going to look into establishing a more permanent Breathing Room/stress-free space."  

The Woodruff Library will host a "Secret Study Break" on April 30. Listen up for an announcement on the library intercom, which Librarian Erin Mooney says will be a treat for hungry students.

As part of Emory Student Counseling Center, the Stress Clinic provides relaxation training and strategies for reducing anxiety. The center also offers biofeedback equipment and stress management cassette tapes.  

Services in the Stress Clinic are free and students can make an appointment by calling the office at 404-727-7450. The Stress Clinic is located at 1462 Clifton Road, Suite 235.  

What is stress relief without food?  Emory Dining has its Moonlight Breakfast, a buffet featuring bacon and eggs, pancakes, donuts and more on May 1 from 10 p.m. to midnight at the Dobbs University Center. Held each semester during finals, the Moonlight Breakfast features movies, a DJ, games and prizes.