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De-Stress (Don’t Distress) in December

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Students: De-Stress (Don’t Distress) in December

On Monday, Dec. 4, the last full week of the semester begins. And students' stress levels are most likely rising as they complete projects, study for and take final exams, pack to head home, look for a short-term job, prepare for their winter commencement, and maybe begin their careers ­— in addition to getting into the holiday spirit.

Anticipating the seasonal rush and bustle, WCU's Wellness Promotion office, Counseling Center, and Purple and Gold Club have organized a "De-Stress Fest" on Monday, Dec. 4. Students can enjoy games and activities including an indoor bounce house, hands-on crafts, and therapy dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Sykes Student Union Ballrooms. Students and staff from those offices will be on hand.

Those cuddly canine therapists will be back on campus for dog therapy sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 7, from 6:15 to 8 p.m. All dog therapy sessions take place in Sykes Union, and a WCU counselor is always present.

Monday, Dec. 11, the Center for Contemplative Studies is hosting Stress Buster Day, beginning with an hour of yoga at 8 a.m. Balance your energy with tai chi from 9 to 10 a.m. or experiment with mindful art (10:30 to 11 a.m. and 3:30 to 4 p.m.). Meditation, aikido principles, and more yoga round out the day's sessions. All the programs are free and open to the campus community — and those just waiting for a bus are welcome to stop in to warm up and enjoy the center's mellow vibes.

Nearly a dozen dogs will return to Sykes Ballrooms for the popular Dog Therapy Extravaganza on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 12 to 2 p.m. Bernese Mountain Dogs, Mastiffs, Golden Retrievers are among the regulars, and small, medium, and large mixes that are certified therapy dogs will also be there. The Bernese return on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the last dog therapy session of the semester.