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Stress Management Fair teaches simple ways to reduce stress

December 12, 2011

Student with display at the 2011 Stress Fair

Craft therapy, aromatherapy and pet therapy - these are some simple ways to help deal with stress. Longwood students enrolled in Dr. Catherine Franssen's GNED 261 Biology of Stress course shared these and other tips during a Stress Management Fair on Nov. 28 - just prior to final exam week.

The students shared a variety of presentations and hands-on skills for dealing with stress, as well as tips and trivia about the short- and long-term consequences of stress--both good and bad. Students, faculty and staff attending the fair were invited to make a craft, listen to music, pet a dog, sample scents of stress-relieving and memory-enhancing lotions, and make a stress ball.  Coloring cookbooks, titled "Coloring, Cooking, and Coping with Stress," featuring healthy and unhealthy recipes and nutritional facts were distributed along with dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses.

Amanda Haytasingh and Amanda Padgett encouraged attendees to make a holiday ornament in order to relieve stress. "I've learned that, while most stress is damaging, there are some types of stress that are helpful to the body," said Haytasingh.

Tyler Harper, a freshman, said, "I've learned how stress can affect your life in many ways and how the brain plays an important part in everything."

"Sleep can greatly affect one's overall health," said Kristen Smith, a junior social work major. "It is important to get enough sleep in order to go through all of the sleep stages. Not doing so can cause stress."


Students with display at the 2011 Stress Fair Students with display at the 2011 Stress Fair