Take Care of Yourself Blog

by on Mar 26th, 2019

Finals are a stressful time. Frankly, the only thing more stressful than exams, is the stress of worrying that you’re going to do poorly because you’re too stressed to focus on studying. Luckily there are a handful of services on campus that will allow or teach you to manage your stress, and your time, better.


SAMU’s pre-exam destress week, StressLess, offers a handful of extended events from SAMU programs and services. With more Breakfast Club sessions, free coffee, more PAWS sessions and a slew of other offerings over four days. StressLess is all about making sure students get support during exams. The event is focused on practicing time management and teaching students to take a little personal time during this stressful time of the year.

StressLess events can be found most mornings in the Students’ Lounge (Rm. 7-297), with the room transforming into a silent space for studying for the rest of the day. In addition to this there are a handful of student-oriented activities that take place across campus to support the event. More information on StressLess can be found at samu.ca/stressless.

Stressless begins April 1.

Peer Support

Another SAMU service, Peer Support is run by volunteer listeners who attend a multi-day training session to ensure they have the skills needed to make students feel safe and heard. Volunteers are not trained phycologists or counsellors, but can refer students to different on- and off-site services that can further aide individuals.

Students can visit Peer Support to discuss anything, whether it’s test anxiety, mental overload or a bad day. If exam season is trying on your mental health and you feel that you need to talk to someone then Peer Support is located in room 6-108A and is open Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

MacEwan Counselling

Counselling at MacEwan is free for any student who feels they need it. Confidentiality is a major concern for the staff. Therefore, the service is in the same building as Academic Advising, Writing and Learning Services, Financial Advising and the MacEwan Ambassador program, so that it would be near impossible to know what students are waiting for.

The number one reason people seek MacEwan counsellors is to discuss anxiety, so anyone struggling with anxiety about exams or their personal lives will be able to feel confident that they are getting advice from experienced councillors who have talked to other students like them. Initial consultations can take about 20-30 minutes and will give the councillor some time to get to know you and what you may be struggling with. Initial consultations are available for students to drop-in for, but any follow up sessions must be booked in advance. More information on initial consultations is available at MacEwan’s counselling website.

MacEwan’s counselling website also includes a list of signs and methods of suggesting counselling to friends and other students.


If you’re stressed about exams and want to crash on campus, then comfort is only $40 away. MacEwan residence recently began offering their Commuter Studio Suites. These suites are exclusively for MacEwan students and will feature a double bed, a closet and a desk, a kitchenette and a three-piece bathroom with a shower. They also have high-speed internet just in case you feel the need to study all-night.

Additional Resources

MacEwan works closely with multiple community resources including the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton, the STI Clinic, the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) and more. All of the community resources can be found at MacEwan’s Campus Life website. MacEwan also offers myHealth, which you can find through Blackboard’s course list. This online resource teaches students how to explore resources for their wellbeing, both on and off campus.

The academic journey can be a tumultuous one. If you feel like you need a helping hand then we encourage you to reach out.