Students' Union plays Fairy Godmother to support stressed students

Posted by nm365 at Jan 09, 2017 09:35 AM |
Colouring books, bubble wrap and puppies are all part of a drive to help combat exam stress.

With the Christmas holidays over, exams are at the forefront of many Leicester student’s minds. Always a stressful time, the Students’ Union has devised a packed timetable to alleviate the pressures of exam season and spread some #LeicesterLove.

The January exam period runs from Monday 9 until Friday 20 January 2017 and Leicester Students’ Union are providing relaxing activities throughout; including the welcome return of the Puppy Room. In conjunction with the Student Unions’ resident charity - Guide Dogs - the Percy Gee Building’s Training room is being deluged with four-legged friends on Thursday 12 January. The Students’ Union are also be providing free fruit, yoga classes and board games, including University of Leicester Monopoly, to help students make the most of their revision breaks. Sabbatical Officers have also hidden motivational #LeicesterLove notes all over campus to inspire students when they are least expecting it.

Once again the Students’ Union will be taking on the role of Fairy Godmother, granting wishes to lucky students who tweet using #LeicesterLove over the two week period. Previous wishes the Students' Union has granted include free food, plane tickets for students wishing to visit their families, and two lucky students were even whisked away to Disneyland Paris.

Leicester Love Disneyland

“We as Sabbatical Officers have all had the joy of January exams” says Harriet Smailes, Wellbeing Officer at Leicester Students’ Union, “so we know how important it is for students to have opportunities to relax, destress and treat themselves during this time”.

The De-Stress programme of activities is part of the University and Students' Union’s combined effort to combat mental health issues for students and staff. It is estimated that around 30% of the population suffer from stress or anxiety related issues and both the University and Students’ Union are committed to reducing the impact which struggling with these issues can have on people’s lives.

“Although a certain level of pressure will help drive motivation” continues Harriet, “there’s no doubt that too much stress will be detrimental to performance, so the more we as a Union can do to help students achieve what they need, the better!”

For a full schedule of Students’ Union activities taking place over the exam period, visit their website and find out more about their Leicstalk support and wellbeing service.

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