Five Ways to Reduce Stress at NIU

Juggling college with work, family, friends and life can get a little crazy sometimes. We all need a little help along the way. Be sure to take advantage of the resources we offer to help you keep the worry at bay.

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    As a student, you automatically have free access to NIU Recreation, with facilities throughout campus. You’ll find plenty of ways to stay active:

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    Live Well

    When you feel well, you do well! Social connection, mental health, sleep and physical health all contribute to your wellness. We offer resources to help:


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    Take a Break

    If you need some downtime or a break from your routine, try these options:

    • Hang a hammock near our lagoon (a favorite spot!) or simply find a quiet place to relax on our beautiful campus.
    • Feeling more adventurous? Explore our adventure trips and unique opportunities such as kayaking, hiking and ice skating, just to name a few, through Outdoor Adventures.
    • Join a game of disc golf, basketball or tennis or simply relax and breathe it all in. DeKalb’s 44 parks offer space to venture out, whether on foot, bike or skates.
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    Hang with Friends

    Going to class is only part of the student experience. Here are some great ways to meet friends and find community:

    Start with at least one and just see where it goes.

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    We’re all about fun here and always have something going:

    • Check out our calendar of events for all sorts of exciting and educational activities.
    • Into video games? Huskies play 7 days a week in our large esports arena, with 24 open play computers, 9 console gaming areas, tabletop gaming areas, a VR room and designated gaming PCs for our varsity teams.
    • How about a game or movie night? Get together with friends in your residence hall or head to the esports arena, where you’ll find areas for tabletop games ranging from chess to Dungeons and Dragons and everything in between.

Have Questions?

Take a look at these frequently asked questions about physical and mental wellness.

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