Universities help students deal with exam-time stress

As exam season approaches, universities bring out more initiatives and resources for students to help them cope with the stress. At Memorial University in Newfoundland (MUN), a student has been bringing her bearded dragons, Ryuu and Yuki, to campus since September 2016.  The student, who wished to remain anonymous due to backlash she said she received from a previously published article, said she brings them to campus to help her peers who struggle with anxiety and stress, as well as provide them with an alternative for already-offered therapy dog sessions. She said she has regular visitors, and has had overall positive feedback from those students.  “They showed an amazing ability to soothe anxiety . . . [they] alerted me to my heart going […]

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The Furry Solution: how fostering could improve your mental health

As semester one wraps up, stress levels rise amongst many Carleton University students. Interactions with a furry friend may be the answer to reducing some of this stress. Several studies in Canada have shown the benefits of animal therapy for students in particular. Shannon Noonan is a faculty member at Carleton University who works with the Centre for Initiatives in Education, doing pet therapy as a retention initiative for students in the Enriched Support Program. Her partner is her five year-old Great Dane-Pointer, Blue.   “There have been studies showing that coming in contact with an animal increases your oxytocin levels, which is your stress fighting hormone,” Noonan said. “It can also decrease your cortisol levels. Cortisol is your stress […]

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Letter: You can’t love others if you don’t love yourself

Everyone wants to feel wanted. Everyone wants to feel accepted. Everyone wants to be loved. As humans, we crave the intense feeling of affection. Little do we know that it has to come from within. When you look in the mirror what do you see? Do you pick out things that you hate and would change? Or do you see something beautiful, something you love every inch of and would not change for the world? Most people would say they despise their reflection in the mirror and can pick out all of their flaws. We are taught that falling in love is everything. There are chemicals in our brain that show love is literally like a drug. Once we become […]

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Carleton Students Talk Self-Care in Times of Stress

Common among most students is the S word: stress. The Charlatan spoke with Carleton students regarding what stresses them out the most, and how they make time to practice self-care. Among the top worries of students interviewed were academic performance, family expectations and maintaining a social life at the same time as managing heavy workloads. Despite common stressors, solutions vary for every individual. For Eric Leung, a second-year software engineering student, mindset is key. “It’s very easy to get overwhelmed with workloads and deadlines,” Leung said. “When I can, just closing my eyes and clearing my thoughts usually helps.” Leung also said he practices mindfulness meditation, a de-stressing technique that can be practiced at  any time, anywhere. But, keeping positive […]

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Letter: No reason to stress over your undergraduate degree

Finals week brings with it the taste of blood in the air: hundreds of students pushing themselves to insane physical and mental limits to try to improve or maintain their averages, and stay in their program. Popular remedies include ingesting coffee and energy drinks, and spending entire days at a time pouring over every bit of information from the whole semester. This is an insane amount of effort and stress put into something that in the long run is as inconsequential to you, the individual reader, as your favourite subject was in high school. The reason most people put so much effort into their studies at the undergrad level is to either buff up their hiring prospects or get into […]

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