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As finals approach, Gannon University urges students to take part in Stress Less Week, to limit any stressors that may be being experienced this holiday season

The Art Night event held by the Student Government Association and Active Minds during finals week provides Gannon students with mocktails and painting to reduce stress.(GU)

December 8, 2023/12:00a.m.

At 6:00pm, on the 8th of December, you are encouraged to join fellow members of the student body at the Recreation and Wellness Center for Art Night as Stress Less Week concludes.

December 8, 2023/12:00am

Erie, PA – While the Christmas season is to be one of bliss and religious reflection, the explicit commercialization of the holiday has contributed to its adverse associations. Between decorating by decking the halls and cleaning cookie dough off the counter, you may have found that there is little to no time left for the bliss that will come from the holiday season. This is not to mention many assignments you may have due, as finals week approaches upon us.

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Gannon University’s Student Government Association and Active Minds organization considered these stressors while arranging an event for the student body’s relaxation. Hosted at the Recreation and Wellness Center, Gannon Knights were encouraged to utilize the resources provided throughout this year’s Stress Less Week. This is to minimize the intensity of any negative emotions being experienced, in response to the stress of the holidays and finals week.

Stress Less Week began on Monday the 4th at 5:00pm. Self-Care Night, consisting of parfaits, massages, and meditation was held up until 7:00pm.

On Tuesday night, the 5th of December, Gannon University students sipped on hot chocolate in anticipation for Holiday Night, held at the Recreation and Wellness Center. From 6:00pm until 8:00pm, students gathered for a night of Christmas card creating and cookie and ornament decorating.

It was on Wednesday, between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, that a three-point contest took place, amongst an assortment of other activities at Game Night, including a Just Dance Competition. A variety of board games were provided for students to utilize and play with, that is if they had opted to do so.

Chill Out Night, held between 5:00pm and 7:00pm on Thursday the 7th, consisted of ice cream, slime, succulents, and Lego building. Yes, you heard right.

If you have been unable to provide care for yourself amongst these stressful times and have missed any prior Stress Less scheduled events, you have a final chance to partake in the opportunities that have been provided.

This Friday evening will be the conclusion of Stress Less Week. Tonight, between 6:00pm and 8:00pm, mocktails will be made by students at Art Night. Personalized journals will be being made and canvases will be provided for students to get involved in the de-stressing activity of painting.

Regardless of whether you have had the opportunity to utilize the resources, as provided throughout Stress Less Week, you still can personally provide care to your individual self, and to overcome any adversities that you may have been experiencing.

This is all in Gannon University’s effort of reducing stressors that may be interfering with the ultimate wellness of students at the end of this Fall semester, during the holiday season.

To keep up with events hosted by the Student Government Association and the Active Minds Organization at Gannon University, or to prevent missing such events in the future, check on any upcoming events as listed on Engage U . Additionally, you may follow both the Student Government Association @sga.gannon and the Active Minds Organization on Instagram to learn more.

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