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De-Stress at the Library

A multitude of free stress-relieving activities will be available for students during finals week.
Baxter the therapy dog will be at the Library to help students relieve stress.
Baxter the therapy dog will be at the Library to help students relieve stress.

The San Diego State University Love Library is sponsoring a series of events during finals week designed to help students alleviate stress. 

With the help of Counseling and Psychological Services, students can participate in meditation classes, stress management, bio-feedback sessions and interact with therapy pets.

Therapy dogs

Canine-assisted therapy is used as a method to reduce stress during final exams. Research shows that people who interact with therapy pets have lower anxiety, stress and blood pressure than those without pet interaction.

Biofeedback

Biofeedback can be used to improve health and performance. For students experiencing symptoms of anxiety or academic stress, one-on-one biofeedback sessions are available.

Biofeedback is the process of becoming aware of various physiological functions using monitoring instruments with a goal of being able to manipulate the systems at will. The sessions reduce or eliminate symptoms of anxiety and improve academic performance.

Stress management

A workshop dedicated to stress management will help students develop a deeper understanding of stressors in life, develop a deeper understanding of unique responses to stress, recognize and sidestep unhelpful thoughts and beliefs that often amplify and complicate stress, and develop healthy and effective coping skills to manage academic stress.

Meditation

Meditation methods are designed to quiet the mind while refining mental alertness. Meditation is helpful with anxiety, depression and attention problems that may be affecting your ability to learn or have clarity in daily life.

Thirty-minute meditation sessions will focus on an ancient meditation technique that will slow heart rate, reduce blood pressure and induce a calm state.

Event schedule

All locations are within the Love Library.

Monday, May 5

  • Meditation — 10 a.m. in Room LA2203

Tuesday, May 6

  • Meditation — 10 a.m. in Room LA2203.
  • Baxter the therapy dog — 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Reference Services area

Wednesday, May 7

  • Biofeedback — 12 p.m. in the Reference Services Area

Friday, May 9

  • Baxter the therapy dog — 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at the Reference Services area 
  • Stress Management — 2 to 3 p.m. in the Tutoring Center


Monday, May 12

  • Andie the therapy dog — 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Reference Services area

Tuesday, May 13

  • Stress Management — 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Tutoring Center
  • Baxter the therapy dog — 1 to 3 p.m. in the Reference Services area

Wednesday May 14

  • Baxter the therapy dog — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Reference Services area

Pastries will also be served in the library in the evening. Coffee will be available at Peabody’s Coffee in the 24/7 Study Area, which will stay open until 2 a.m.

The library will also offer extended study space and hours by keeping the entire library dome open 24 hours from 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

For more information visit the Love Library website.

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