The Relaxation Station
Research on college campuses demonstrates that stress is the number one impediment for academic performance and overall well-being. Stress manifests itself in many ways. In the body, stress can be experienced as tight muscles, increased heart rate, headaches, and sweating. In the mind, stress can be experienced as racing thoughts, worrying, irritability, sadness, and even anger. Stress also impacts our performance, relationships, sleep and concentration. JCU’s Counseling Center offers a variety of resources and information to help you more effectively manage your stress and improve your relaxation skills.
At the Counseling Center we offer:
- Individual counseling to learn and practice various relaxation techniques including deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery
- Consultation sessions to learn how to use our portable biofeedback equipment – the Stress Erasers
- Bibliotherapy about various relaxation and stress management techniques
Additionally, the Counseling Center will be collaborating with the Grasselli Library in developing The Relaxation Station, which will be located in learning commons of the library. The Relaxation Station will be a quiet, welcoming space for JCU students to learn about and practice a variety of research-based, mind/body stress reduction skills. It will include guided relaxation audio recordings, biofeedback equipment and programs, psycho-educational books and handouts, yoga mats and a massage chair. Students may drop-in to use some of the equipment and browse any of the information. Counseling Center staff and/or trained peer educators will be available for consultation and workshops on certain dates. Stay tuned to learn more about the Relaxation Station when we begin our services sometime during the Fall 2014 semester!
Also, there are many helpful relaxation and stress management resources available electronically. Check out smartphone apps, iTunes, YouTube and other resources for audio/video clips on mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery and other relaxation techniques. Here are a couple guided exercises for you to try right now:
Progressive Muscle Relaxation