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Manage Stress: Engage Your Creativity

February 18th, 2013

by Kristen Schell
Student Outreach Coordinator, OSU Healthy Campus Initiative

With each term there comes many different stressors. You may miss an obligation at work, your social circle may feel like it’s closing in on you, or you may just be overwhelmed with life as a whole. Finding a way to create is a powerful way to reduce your stress levels. Creating takes on a multitude of meanings and forms. Each individual has their own creative outlet, whether that means throwing clay on a wheel, using up a roll of film, or stringing words together for self-expression.

One way to release stress can be to explore your creative talent at the OSU Craft Center. The Craft Center, located on the ground level of MU East/Snell Hall off of Benton Way, is a great place to explore your creative outlets! Making it easily accessible to students wanting to relieve stress and take away new skills. Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned professional the benefits of creating works wonders on stress management. Next time you’re feeling stressed take a deep breath and go create!

Stress comes in many forms and can be in any category of your life. Social relationships, work, school, or financial situations are primary targets for college students. Stress can sometimes be a positive force in your daily lives but it can become problematic when it sneaks into your feelings of self worth and emotional well being. If you feel that you are experiencing stress which is negatively impacting your life, you can seek support through OSU Counseling and Psychological Services. CAPS provides free counseling to all students, and is available after-hours as well. To access a counselor anytime, all students need to do is call CAPS’ main number, 541-737-2131.

Resources

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/29/natural-ways-to-relax-crafting_n_2040686.html#slide=1698723

http://mu.oregonstate.edu/craftcenter/about_us

http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/

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