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Get PAWSitively Stress Free this semester with therapy dogs at the library!

Student with therapy dog

A student proudly displays the picture she colored for therapy dog Budward

Illinois State’s favorite furry friends will be back on the third floor of Milner Library this semester, spreading smiles and reducing stress.

PAWSitively Stress Free is a free recurring event co-sponsored by Health Promotion and Wellness and Milner Library that brings therapy dogs to campus. The dogs are certified through Therapy Dogs International and are provided by Town and Country Kennel Club in Bloomington.

Illinois State students report stress as one of their top barriers to academic success. While stress is a necessary and unavoidable part of life, too much of it can be harmful.

Research shows that for some, just a few minutes of petting a dog can lower the body’s level of cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. Reducing cortisol levels lowers your blood pressure and overall helps you feel relaxed. Lessening your stress will allow you to be able to focus better on studying and projects as well as improve your overall well-being.

What: certified therapy dogs, coloring, and other stress-relieving activities and information
When: fall 2018 semester dates are

  • Wednesday, September 12, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 10, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 24, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 14, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Monday, December 10, from 2-4 p.m. *Finals Week with free chair massage!
  • Tuesday, December 11, from 2-4 p.m. *Finals Week with free chair massage!

Where: Third floor, Milner Library
Cost: Free
Registration: not needed

Additional stress management resources are available through Health Promotion and Wellness, such as mindfulness classes, a free guided meditationmassage offered on campus twice a week, and interactive workshops.

Need your furry fix now? Check out these photos from last semester!

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