Resources: Coping with End-of-Semester Stress

The Habif Health and Wellness Center Offers Variety of Resources to Cope with End-of-Semester Stress

Winter break is almost here! However, students have to get through the end of the semester and final exam week before enjoying the break. If you’re like many students, you may be feeling quite a bit of stress during this time. Fortunately, the Habif Health and Wellness Center provides a number of resources to help alleviate end-of-semester stress:


Stress-Free Zone
This event features multiple de-stress “stations,” including care packages, sleep and meditation materials, arts and crafts, snacks, and a group of StressBusters, who will be giving free 5-minute back rubs.
Where/When: Sunday, December 4, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Olin Library

Meditation Monday
Guided meditation practice to help center yourself for the week ahead.
When/Where: Monday, December 5, 3:10-4:00 at Sumers Rec Center, Wellness Wing, Room 303

Students can sign up for a free 20-minute stress management consultation with Ruby Solomon, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator from the Habif Health and Wellness Center. Click here for more information and to sign up for appointment times.
Where/When: December 8, 9 and 12 (various times) at Sumers Rec Center, Wellness Wing, Room 303

Coping with Stress Workshops
Mental Health counselors teach various coping skills each week.
When/Where: Fridays, 1:15-2:00 at Sumers Rec Center, Wellness Wing, Room 303  

Let’s Talk
Mental Health counselors are available to meet with students for 20-minute sessions. Students are served on a walk-in basis – there are no appointments. Students can remain anonymous if they do not want to disclose their identity. You can stop in at one of the four locations or visit the Habif Health and Wellness Center website for more information.

  • Tuesdays, 3:15-4:45 at Lopata Hall, room 303 (until 12/6)
  • Wednesdays, 2:30-4:00 at Sumers Rec Center, Wellness Suite (until 12/7)
  • Thursdays, 3:15-4:45 at Olin Library, 2nd floor – Center for Diversity and Inclusion (until 12/8)
  • Fridays, 1:30-3:00 at OISS, Stix International House (until 12/9)


Testing-anxiety resources
The Habif Health and Wellness Center website provides some helpful advice for managing anxiety in general as well as anxiety specifically associated with testing and final exams.

Sumers Rec Center
Work out in the new Sumers Rec Center – a great way to relieve stress – and stop by the Zenker Wellness Suite near the main entrance when we are open (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through 12/20) and pick up a free chocolate milk, which is a healthy snack choice after working out.

Stressbusters Wellness App
The Stressbusters app is available for free for both Apple and Android. It offers a variety of resources specifically for WashU students, including relaxation info and audio and video to help students relax. Search for “Stressbusters Wellness” in the App Store or Play Store. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can choose Washington University in St. Louis to access customized information.