Students at John Carroll University, much like hundreds of other college students on other campuses across the United States, report stress as a leading impediment to academic success (National College Health Assessment, 2016). Student stressors may be related to academics, finances, relationships, family problems, sleep difficulties, personal health issues, or other concerns. The important thing to remember is that all students experience stress at one point or another throughout their college careers. Preventing and addressing stressors and incorporating a healthy, balanced method of stress-relief is necessary. Students are encouraged to participate in various stress-relievers on campus, including but not limited to:

  • Obtain a free massage on Tuesday afternoons in the Grasselli Library Learning Commons or Wednesday evenings in the Atrium:
    • Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Learning Commons, Grasselli Library
    • Wednesdays, 8-10 p.m., LSC Atrium
    • First come, first serve, free of charge.
  • Participate in a Wellness in the Stacks event, held bi-weekly in the Library Learning Commons from 8-10 p.m.:
    • Sponsored by JCU Peer Health Advocates
  • Visit Therapy Dogs in the Lombardo Student Atrium, Grasselli Library, or request them for your organization or residence hall floor!
    • Sponsored by JCU Peer Health Advocates
  • Let’s Talk–drop in consultations/counseling with a counselor from the University Counseling Center:
    • Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
    • Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (2nd Floor, Student Center).
  • Relaxation Room–Learning Commons of Grasselli Library:
    • Includes massage recliner, relaxation audio, biofeedback programs, psycho-education books and handouts, yoga mats and meditation rugs.
  • Participate in intramural/recreational sports.
  • Attend a religious ceremony or event sponsored by Campus Ministry.
  • Attend a program or event sponsored by the Student Union Programming Board.
  • Talk to your professors, advisor, administrators, or staff members about your concerns.
  • Make an appointment with the University Counseling Center to discuss your stress.
  • Discuss your stress with friends, family, your RA, or a mentor on campus.