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Zap Stress During Your Exam Cram!!!


Teen Exam Cram will take place from Wednesday January 20th 2016 until Monday February 1st 2016, where Ottawa Public Library branch staff members will be handing out treats, highlighters, and post it notes in order to help students prepare for their upcoming exams and final semester assignments. OPL also has numerous items that you can borrow that can help you prep for exams as well as help relieve stress during this busy time of year. If you are feeling overwhelmed at anytime and need further support, there are numerous help lines that are available to you free of charge.

Kids Help Phone:  #1-800-668-6868

Crisis Line: #613-722-6914 (Within Ottawa) or #1-866-966-0991 (Outside Ottawa)

For the average high school student, life is full of potential stressors. In a recent survey conducted by the Canadian Education Association (CEA), nine hundred Grade 7 students were asked to identify what are some factors that create stress in their lives. 33% of students stated that “academic difficulties” was the greatest stressor (CEA: 2015). Adaptive coping strategies can help relieve stress during your upcoming January exam cram. Here are ten quick relaxation techniques that help zap stress fast:

1. Meditate/Breathe Deeply

2. Squeeze a Stress ball

3. Slow Down; Be Present

4. Reach out to friends and family

5. Laugh out loud

6. Crank up the tunes

7. Get moving

8. Take a Nap

9. Eat some chocolate

10. Read a book

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