8 Ways to De-Stress this Fall
Posted by Lauren Kidd on October 28, 2020
We have reached that point in the semester -- the point where midterms still linger, but finals are already on the horizon. With the amount of work I have, the days have begun to blur together. Recognizing how difficult this semester has been, the Dean of Students Office has kicked off Stress-free Bing a little earlier than usual. From yoga to delicious dessert nights, there are all kinds of relaxing and stress-reducing events leading up to finals.
12:15-1:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the East Gym
Looking to restore balance? Qigong focuses on movement, breathing and mindful meditation. This class will allow you to recharge your energy through standing postures and coordinated movements. You can find the Qigong class registrations here.
4-5 p.m. Tuesdays at the East Gym pool
It’s time to put those balancing skills to use! Whether you’re looking for high-intensity training or yoga stretches, FloatFit is a great way to test your abilities. Work on improving your breathing, balance and core strength, all while on a floating fitness mat. Remember to wear a bathing suit! You can register for sessions following the links here.
Wellness in the Woods
4:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesdays outside the East Gym
If you love relaxing in nature as much as I do, this event is for you! You can walk through the woods, pause for yoga and stretches, and take in your surroundings. Techniques like deep breathing and shinrin-yoku will be used to help reduce stress while taking in the forest air.
8-9 p.m. Wednesdays
Looking to put your badminton, basketball or pickleball skills to the test? Intramural leagues are a great way to de-stress and get a fun game in. Whether you are looking for something new or want to keep working on your skills, the leagues are open to every skill set. You can sign up here.
Outdoor Vinyasa Yoga
3:30-4:30 p.m. Fridays at the East Gym
Yoga, in my opinion, is the best way to de-stress. It’s a great way to focus on your breathing, while tuning into yourself and what surrounds you. Vinyasa yoga pays extra attention to maintaining fluid movement and breathing as you transition from pose to pose. You can find the links to sign up for these outdoor sessions here. Remember to bring a mat, some water and your Bing ID!
Specialty Food Nights
Craving something other than salad or pizza? One of my favorite #StressFreeBing traditions are the specialty food nights at the dining halls. You won’t want to miss Caribbean Night on Oct. 29, Wicked Wing Night on Oct. 31 and Decadent Desserts on Nov. 19. Relax and treat yourself to some delicious foods!
Noon-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Recreational Turf Field
If you’re still looking for something fun to do on Halloween, grab your friends and come to the recreational turf field for an outdoor Zumba session! This is a great way to de-stress, get that cardio in and have fun dancing with friends. Don’t forget to wear a costume!
Nature Preserve Relics Hike
5:15-6:45 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the Nature Preserve
Feeling adventurous? This hike will explore the outer regions of the Nature Preserve. See if you can find any of the abandoned cars! Grab some friends and de-stress in nature.
Check out this page for more Stress-free Bing events!
Lauren Kidd is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations, and a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in graphic design. She loves photography, writing and listening to music.
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