Relieve stress with campus wellness program

Spring Break has passed and the days of carefree relaxation are long gone. Now that classes are back in full-swing, you might be in need of a healthy stress reliever. If that’s the case, check out Practice of Positive Living program.

This program is for ISU students and staff members and was designed by Health Promotion and Wellness in order to assist participants in handling the pressures of daily life.

The Practice of Positive Living program will teach you how to cope with stress by using self-discussion, meditation, breathing exercises, journalism and exercise and nutrition.

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Student meetings are held from noon to 1 p.m. each Thursday from now until May 1 in room 159 of McCormick. The meetings are lead by Jill Belongia, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher.

Staff and faculty sessions are also hosted from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday in room 159 of McCormick until April 29.

Erin Link, coordinator at Health Promotion and Wellness, thinks that it is very important for students and faculty to try out the program.

“Illinois State University students report stress as one of their top impediments to academic success,” said Link. “Faculty and staff report stress as one of their top health concerns as well. While stress is a normal and necessary part of everyday life, too much stress can be harmful.”

Link also says that the Practice of Positive Living meetings have been tailored in order to help participants get the most out of the experience.

“The classes are very interactive between the facilitator and participants. It is a mix of discussion and hands-on skill building projects,” said Link.

“The classes tend to be fairly small, with no more than 25 people which creates a comfortable environment that fosters sharing.”

Those who have taken part in the program have said that they learned a lot from the experience and have successfully applied the coping mechanisms to their life. It has been said that the meetings have been found most helpful by those who have difficulties with stress management already.

No specialized equipment is needed for this program, but those interested must sign up before attending. To register, visit or call (309) 438-WELL (9355).

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