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How AU Students and Faculty Relieve Stress

By Melissa Beneke

With finals approaching, stress levels are surging higher than usual. Students are working on final papers and studying for tests.

Here are a few tips for how to relieve stress:

  • Listen to music- Patricia Liu, a communication major and theatre minor, listens to music when she is feeling stressed because it helps her relax. Music can be a great stress reliever. Listening to a favorite CD or song can help students unwind. Listening to softer music while studying may also help students study more.
  • Spend some time with family or friends– David Fink, Aurora University’s Chaplin and a religion professor, likes to play a game called “Daddy Fall Down” with his children.“Basically, this involves me sitting upright on the floor, as one by one they barrel into me at full speed after running across the room” Fink said. “It’s quite invigorating.”Family and friends help people relax, and are a great source to relieve stress during finals. Grabbing a friend for a cup of coffee or going out to dinner may help to relieve stress.
  • Excercise– Fink also works out by lifting weights and running when he needs a little extra stress relief.Yoga, walking and weight lifting are all ways to help temporarily relief some of the stress that come with finals. These activities allow people to get their heart rates up and adrenaline pumping. AU’s Fitness Center, located in Jenks Hall, and the Weight Room, located in Alumni Hall, are open for student use.
  • Reading– Reading a good book can really help especially when it is the right fit for each individual. Pick up something that fits your interests.
  • Watching TV or Movies– Julie Hipp, an AU English professor, likes to relieve stress by watching TV before she goes to bed every night. “My stress relieving activity is watching an episode of ‘The Office’” said Hipp, adding that watching TV allows her to laugh before she ends the day. Watching TV or movies can be a great way to relieve stress.

Not everyone relieves stress in the same way. It may take a few tries to figure out what really works. While it may be important to take time out of the day to relieve stress, at some point the time comes to get back to work and finish the semester strong.


  1. Amy Schlumpf Manion

    If you need suggestions for good books to read, you can look at past copies of Phillips Library’s Books of Summer brochure. These are books that are recommended by AU faculty, staff, and students, and they are all in our collection, and available for checkout: http://libguides.aurora.edu/booksofsummer

  2. I love to read! It’s one of the best ways to relieve stress especially when you love the book!!