The beginning of the school year can be stressful, but Health Promotion and Wellness can help with an activity that can remind students to take a step back from their busy day and just relax.
This Wednesday, Health Promotion and Wellness will be kicking off one of the many stress relieving activities hosted throughout the year. The upcoming event, PAWSitively Stress Free is a great way to take a study break.
“Health Promotion and Wellness will partner with Milner Library and have stress relieving activities with therapy dogs,” graduate student Amanda Papinchock said. These dogs are certified to help reduce stress and can be a great refresher in your day.
So, what do dogs have to do with being stressed out? According to the Health Promotion and Wellness page, research has shown that by petting a dog for a just a few minutes the body’s level of cortisol can be lowered. Cortisol is a stress hormone and when it decreases it lowers your blood pressure. By doing these activities and spending a few minutes with the certified therapy dogs, students can feel more relaxed and will have more focus on their studies.
If you are unable to attend this event, there will be several more throughout the year including massage chairs and other activities so students can step away from the textbooks and take a breather.
“This is definitely beneficial to students and it is good to have this break for themselves and focus on their mental health,” Papinchock said.
PAWSitively Stress Free take place from 3 to 5 p.m. on the third floor of Milner. The event is free and anyone is welcome to attend. You can get more information on the event on the Illinois State Health Promotion and Wellness page, as well as find out about more upcoming stress relief events throughout the semester.
“Students don’t always remember to de-stress and this could be a good reminder,” Papinchock said.
So mark your calendars for this Wednesday and say goodbye to stress in a pawsitive way.