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Stress is a common factor in the daily lives of many. To help employees with stressors they may be experiencing, an upcoming Healthy Boiler workshop will focus on anti-stress hobbies. The workshop aligns with the behavioral health pillar of the Healthy Boiler program.

Led by Lindsay Bloom, health coach at Purdue University in Fort Wayne, the workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m. ET on August 18. Participants will learn about hobbies that are particularly useful for relieving stress as well as resources to get started.

“In today’s stressful world, it’s important to take time out to do something fun,” says Bloom. “Finding a hobby that helps your body and mind decompress for a while and restores some peace and calm to your life, even for a little while, is beneficial to your health and well-being in general.”

Yoga and meditation have long been encouraged for stress relief, with good reason, but if those things aren’t working for someone, there are other options, including journaling, photography, cooking, writing, assembling puzzles and more.

Those interested in attending should register by August 17 through the Healthy Boiler portal. The registration link can be found in the ‘Healthy Boiler Workshops’ section on the portal’s home page. Hover over the square “Anti-stress hobbies” and click on “Submit” to register.

Healthy Boiler workshops are free to all faculty and staff who are eligible for benefits and dependents covered by a Purdue medical plan.