College students de-stress with dogs

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

College students are reaching the tail end of spring semester and the inevitable finals.

With exams and research papers piling up, students' stress levels are at their peaks.

At Goshen College, they are taking a different approach.

It is the dog days of the school year and what better way for students to unwind than with man's best friend.

Brian Yoder Schlabach says, “Interacting with animals is scientifically proven to be a stress reliever and promote good feelings. Students are finishing up their tests and the year figuring out what they're doing. Having time to spend time with an animal and de-stress it really encourages and promotes the good chemicals in your brain.”

Schlabach came up with the idea to host a de-stressing event for students. Faculty and staff brought their four legged friends to campus today to give the students a break from studying and enjoy some puppy time.

Morgan says, “You can always make time to pet a dog walk by pet them and walk by. When you see a dog it’s so stress free. They don't ask you about oh you worried about it, you can just clear your mind and talk to them about anything.”

Erin says, “It's been awesome, it's a nice break, we've been studying for a long time. So it's really nice to get outside and hang out with some dogs you can love on the whole time. It helps a whole lot, I won't get to see my dog until august so it's a good buffer between then.”

The staff on hand noticed the benefits almost immediately.

Kelli says, “I think it is a stress reliever, they were saying when they were petting them this is the best thing they could do with tests coming up.

Just because you are not in college does not mean you cannot benefit from time with your dog.

Studies say interaction with a dog can lower your blood pressure too.

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