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stressThe head of Academic and Counselling Unit at the American University of Nigeria, AUN, Ms Regina Mousa, on Friday, April 15, gave a talk on stress relief management at the 24-Hour Room of the institution.

The seminar was jointly organized by the Employee Wellness Program, Public Health Club and Student Red Cross to educate the University community on how to manage stress for successful leadership, self-mastery, focus, and ability to work effectively with others.

Speaking, Ms Mousa, who is also the University Psychologist, emphasized that it is normal for people to have stress but added that prolonged stress could lead to many health issues.

“Stressors are a part of everyday life,” she explained, “A total absence of stress will mean a total absence of stimulation, which is death.”

Mousa advised students, staff and faculty on how to employ a powerful blend of mental training and clinically proven relaxation techniques to manage stress and enhance resilience in the most challenging circumstances.

She also took the participants through a five-minute practical stress-relieving exercise, which involved heavy breathing with one’s mouth and nose, with one hand placed on the stomach.

The event also included a health fair, in which Ms Mousa, who is also a faculty member, introduced Farah James to the participants.

Mrs. James, a rights activist, who has lived with the human immunodeficiency virus, HIV, for over 20 years, urged the audience go for HIV test at least every three months in order to know their health status.

“The best way to help you live and cope with the disease is only by early detection,” she said.

The fair featured diverse sessions, which included HIV testing, fire safety demonstration, first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation training, fitness and health, beauty test, blood glucose test, and breast cancer screening.

In an interview with the CMD Website, Emmanuel Gandu, public relations officer of AUN Health Club, said that the main idea behind the seminar is to raise awareness.

“It is important that the AUN community becomes more health-conscious, that the students and staff know their health status and stay healthy.”

By Ikechukwu Ilomuanya

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