BY TONI DEMAIO
The third-annual De-Stress Fest at County College of Morris is scheduled to occur on Thursday, Sept. 26. The event is held by Counseling Services and Student Success, it was created to demonstrate a number of methods that can be used to properly and healthily deal with all levels of stress. While about 500 people attended last year’s event, almost doubling the amount of participants from the first year, Counseling and Student Success hopes for an even bigger turn out this time around.
“We have all experienced stress, right?” asked Ariella Heisler, a staff member of Counseling Services. “The De-Stress Fest was designed to help students learn to cope with stresses of all kinds.”
Heisler further explained that the De-Stress Fest is centered around the “Eight Dimensions of Wellness,” which is a guide to achieving an overall well-being. During the upcoming event, all who participate will learn to cope with stresses that may occur emotionally, environmentally, financially, intellectually, occupationally, physically, socially and spiritually. The desired outcome of the event is to de-stress for the time being and to learn techniques that can be used to overcome the struggles of stress.
“There will be a station set up that will represent each dimension of wellness,” Heisler said. “A few of the activities will be massages and zumba, and there will be music playing throughout the whole event. It’s a fun environment.”
Although many students did not attend the De-Stress event the first two times, a number of them will be making an effort to get to the third annual after hearing nothing but good things about it.
“I did not get to go last year but I heard really positive things about it,” said Kevin Wilton, a sophomore at CCM. “I actually want to try to make it this year. A lot of people I know went last year and they said they had a lot of fun and learned a lot of helpful tips.”
Even those who had not heard about the event previously were interested after learning a bit about it.
“I didn’t know anything about it but it sounds like a great idea,” said Alex Lynch, a sophomore CCM student. “I think stress is a big problem for many students. It would definitely be nice to de-stress for a little bit.”
Not only will students, and all who join, learn different methods of dealing with stress, but they will also have the chance to win gift cards to restaurants, such as Olive Garden, by attending the event. Raffles will be handed out at the De-Stress Fest event and they will also be handed out again to participants that chose to fill out surveys after the event.
The upcoming event will provide a few hours of relaxation and beneficial coping methods that can be used on a daily basis. Admissions and all activities are free. The third annual De-Stress event will be located in the Davidson rooms of the Student Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.