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De-stress before exams at your campus library

Take the pressure off before exams with daily giveaways, and free fun and relaxing activities at your campus library, including pet therapy, massage, meditation, games, and craft.

Preparing for exams can be stressful. To help you relieve stress and prepare for academic success, grab a giveaway and join in the activities offered during the De-stress Festival.

The De-stress Festival will be held during SWOTVAC at five campus libraries. All VU students are invited – activities/giveaways are only limited by space and supplies.

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The Festival is organised by VU Library with the support of Student Wellbeing and funding from Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF).

Daily giveaways

There will be daily giveaways during the festival, for that much-needed energy boost.
From Monday 23 October to Friday 27 October, head over to your Library Service Desk for fruit and listen for the announcement for free coffee vouchers (coffee vouchers not available at City Queen Library).

Where: Service desk at City Flinders Library, City Queen Library, Footscray Nicholson Library, Footscray Park Library and St Albans Library.

City Flinders Library

Pet therapy with dogs from CoRe (Counselling & Resilience)

Meet, cuddle or play with therapy dogs Coco and Cookie (with the guidance of Donna Lai who specialises in animal-assisted therapy). Animal-assisted therapy helps to reduce stress, general anxiety and depression.

When: Tuesday 24 October, 5.30pm – 7pm
Where: Level 15

Footscray Nicholson Library

Pet therapy with dogs from 'Paws the Pressure'

Henry the dog looks up at the camera
Meet, cuddle or play with therapy dog Henry

Meet, cuddle or play with therapy dog Henry (with the guidance of trained volunteer Jenny) to lower stress.  Watch how ‘Paws the Pressure’ dogs help alleviate VU students’ stress.

When: Wednesday 25 October, 5.30pm – 7pm
Where: Level 2, Telford Building


Colouring & basic knitting activities

Sharpen your mind while relaxing, and be ready for your next study session.

When:

Tuesday 24 October, 12pm – 1pm
Wednesday 25 October, 12pm – 1pm
Thursday 26 October, 12pm – 1pm

Where: Level 2, Telford Building

Footscray Park Library

Pet therapy with dogs from CoRe (Counselling & Resilience)

Meet, cuddle or play with therapy dogs Coco and Cookie (with the guidance of Donna Lai who specialises in animal-assisted therapy). Animal-assisted therapy helps to reduce stress, general anxiety and depression.

When: Wednesday 25 October, 12.30pm – 2pm
Where: Level 2, Building P


Meditation

Clear your mind and find inner peace with a meditation class run by Kadampa.

When: Monday 23 October, 4pm – 5pm
Where: Room P134, Level 1, Building P


Giant games

Have fun playing giant Chess and Jenga with fellow students.

When: Monday 23 October – Friday 27 October, throughout the day
Where: Level 2, Building P


Massage chair

Enjoy a free 5-minute massage to relieve a sore back from studying.

When: Monday 23 October – Friday 27 October, throughout the day
Where: Level 2, Building P


Colouring

Rest your brain with some colouring fun before returning to studying.

When: Monday 23 October – Friday 27 October, 2pm – 3pm (listen out for the announcement)
Where: Level 2, Building P


Learn to crochet

Try your hands at crochet to ease stress and increase happiness.

When: Wednesday 25 October and Thursday 26 October, 10am – 11am (listen out for the announcement)
Where: Level 2, Building P

St Albans Library

Pet therapy with dogs from 'Paws the Pressure'

Meet, cuddle or play with therapy dog Tarra (with the guidance of trained volunteer Geri) to lower stress.  Watch ‘Paws the Pressure’ dogs helping to alleviate VU students’ stress.

When: Monday 23 October, 12pm – 1.30pm
Where: Level 2, Building 7


Meditation

Clear your mind and find inner peace with a meditation class run by Kadampa.

When: Monday 23 October, 2pm – 3pm
Where: Level 2, Building 7 (ask at the service desk)


Knitting circle

Try your hands at knitting to ease stress and increase happiness.

When:

Monday 23 October, 2pm – 3pm
Tuesday 24 October, 2pm – 3pm
Wednesday 25 October, 2pm – 3pm

Where: Level 2, Building 7

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