Stress Less with SAMRU: Exciting New Programs and a Time to Rejuvenate!

As the winter semester peaks with final exams and projects, dive into SAMRU’s Stress Less resources and activities. Discover ways to clear your mind and body all on campus without spending a dime! 

This semester, we have new program additions like the Zen Room and activities in the SAMRU Centres, plus returning favourites like the Puppy Room, Oxygen Bar, and Exam Relief Snack Stations! 

Continue reading to uncover all the details – make sure to drop by all the programs available through Stress Less week, running from December 13th – 15th and December 18th & 19th!

Free Plants

December 13th – 15th | December 18th & 19th | SAMRU Reception (Z222) | 9:00 am *until supplies last

Plants in the home can reduce tension because it reminds us of the outdoors, nature and a slower pace of life, which is instantly calming. Pick up your very own Free Plant (donated by the Mount Royal Greenhouse) in the SAMRU Reception all week long during Stress Less.

Free DIY Crafts

December 13th – 15th | December 18th & 19th | | SAMRU Reception (Z222) | 9:00 am *until supplies last

Many people use crafting as self-care! Don’t have time to sit in on a craft? That’s a-ok! This year you can pick up a variety of fun crafts and take them home to do at your own pace/time. Visit SAMRU Reception to see which crafts they have for you to take home!

Exam Relief Snack Stations

December 13th – 15th | December 18th & 19th | 11:30 am *until supplies last 

Do you study so hard that sometimes you forget to nourish your mind and body? SAMRU has Exam Relief Snack Stations to help you get through those intense cram sessions! Check out the locations all week long from Dec 13 – 15, 18 and 19, starting at 11:30 AM until supplies last.

Snack Station locations:
December 13th: Main Street
December 14th: EA Building
December 15th: Library December 18th: Recreation December 19th: Main Street

Smudge Space

December 13th – 15th | December 18th | Cultural Inclusion Centre (Z203) | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Smudging is a cultural tradition practiced by a wide variety of Indigenous people in Canada and throughout the world. Everyone is welcome! Smudging involves burning a selection of herbs and is used to cleanse oneself. A qualified member from the community will be providing the service.

Zen Room

December 13th – 15th | December 18th & 19th | Council Chambers (Z236 on the second floor of Wyckham House, up the stairs in the centre of the food court) | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Head up the stairs in the middle of the Wyckham House Food Court to Council Chambers, where you can find the Zen Room. Relax, meditate, or read quietly to help calm your body and mind.

Oxygen Bar

December 18th & 19th | Wyckham House | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Feeling tired from late-night study sessions? Boost your energy levels at our Oxygen Bar! Oxygen bars deliver air that is concentrated with more oxygen than the air you normally breathe, which can make you feel more alert!

Popcorn & Games

December 13th – 15th | December 18th & 19th | West Gate Social | 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Come by West Gate Social between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm during Stress Less for some free popcorn and games, including trivia!

Puppy Room

December 13th – 15th | December 18th & 19th | The Gallery (On the second floor of Wyckham House, next to the study lounge area) | 11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Back by popular demand, the Puppy Room is back on campus during Stress Less Week! Research shows that petting, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving puppy can rapidly calm and soothe you when you’re stressed or anxious. Meet these pups in the Gallery (Z224, adjacent to the 2nd-floor lounge) and let your stress melt away! Participants will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.

SAMRU Centre Activities

December 13th – 15th | December 18th & 19th |Pride Centre (Z211), SARC (Z204), PSC (Z210) | 9:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Check out the SAMRU Centres on the second floor of Wyckham House for drop-in activities like puzzles, colouring, and more!

No matter what’s on your mind, come down to Wyckham House to release the tension in your mind this exam break. For a full Stress Less schedule and program details, visit

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