Take a Break with Stress Relief Activities

Finals are finally here! You might feel overwhelmed with all types of papers, projects, studying and so much more. Don’t worry! You are not alone. Everyone needs a break every one in a while. Why not check out these FREE online stress relief activities for a stress-free study break?

Soothing and Calming:

For those of you who find looking at the stars calming, you build your own galaxy!

Here, you can create your own white noise or calming sound. This is ideal if you need to focus, but it’s also a fun place to play around.

This is just a fun “follow the mouse” visual with pretty mini lights that move with your clicks and mouse movements.


Here you can watch a ton of different livestreams, mostly of animals!

The Oddly Satisfying subreddit, which provides pictures that make you feel like at least some things are right in the world.

Artsy Distractions:

You just create sand art, and it’s intensely visually satisfying.

Turn your keyboard into a piano and make a song! You can also collaborate with others.

A lot of times, you just want to doodle.

This is another site where you can create slow-moving art just through your mouse alone.

Time Wasters:

Pop some bubble wrap!

Remember tetris? Try it! There’s something so soothing and satisfying about shapes fitting into precisely the right place.

This is just 20 questions with a computer. But the computer is REALLY smart. It’s a fun distraction to try stumping it!

This is a lot like StumbleUpon, but even more random. It brings you to super random, useless websites, but it’s a good time waster.

This is a fun little game where you basically create your own A Capella group/song.

It’s kind of like a simplified GarageBand, and it’s super intuitive.

HTT: Resources for Coping with Finals Week Stress

Thank you for tuning in to the last How To Tuesday of the semester.  At Brookens Library, we know how stressful finals week can be, and we want to offer up some helpful information for coping with stress and anxiety.

With final papers and projects due soon, we know that having adequate sources and citations are imperative to having a successful finals week. Located in front of the librarian suites on the main floor we have a stand with pamphlets and flyers regarding different citation styles including MLA, APA and Chicago. 

Flyer stand in the library with flyers on citation styles, library resources, and coping with stress.

If you look below the citation flyers we have pamphlets from the American College Health Association and the UIS Counseling Center regarding stress, anxiety, and some tips for managing them.  Not only is there information for managing stress, but there is also information about recognizing the symptoms of stress and anxiety in yourself.  Stop by and pick one up to get you through these trying times.

Vending machines in the tunnel between Brookens Library and PAC.

Finally, if you are up late studying in the library and need a snack or energy boost, don’t forget about the vending machines located in the tunnel between Brookens and PAC.  You can access this tunnel from the first floor of the library or the stairway just inside the main library entrance to the right.     

Thank you for tuning in and we’ll see you next semester! 

Finals Week Cereal Bar 12/10

Promotional image for Cereal Bar

The end of the year can be a stressful time. The Friends of Brookens Library would like to treat you to a free bowl (or two) of cereal during finals week! Take a break from your studies & regroup at the Brookens Library Cereal Bar. We will have a variety of offerings to keep you going!

Event Details:
Cereal Bar
Tuesday, December 10, 4-6pm
Brookens Library

HTT: Beat Finals Week Stress with Cookies and Crafts!

This week’s installment of How-To Tuesdays focuses on how the stress of Finals Week can cause even the closest of friends to argue. Megan and Taylor have never gotten into an argument, but there is a first time for everything. Read on to see what happens!!

Phew! Thankfully Megan and Taylor will remain friends. We encourage all of you to take care of yourselves this week. Take breaks. Take breaths. Stop by the Library’s Lower Level to make crafts and decorate cookies. We hope to see you all there!

De-Stress Stations

Finals Week can be a stressful time of the year. With that in mind, we set up two de-stress stations located near the back of the library on the main floor: A Lego Station and a Kinetic Sand Station. Take a quick break and use your hands to help reduce your stress! Good luck as you close out the semester.

Kinetic Sand Station

How to tell if you’re plagiarizing

Finals are fast approaching! Do you know how to tell whether or not you are plagiarizing? Here is a simple, but helpful graphic to remind you. If you have further questions or need help with your final paper or project, visit the Center for Teaching and Learning at UIS.

Need Research Help? Contact your librarian: http://libguides.uis.edu/librarians

How To Tell If You Are Plagiarizing