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PAWSitively Stress FreePAWSitively Stress Free

Join Health Promotion and Wellness and Milner Library and get PAWSitively Stress Free! Take a study or work break to pet certified therapy dogs and enjoy other stress relieving activities! Activities are held on the Third Floor of Milner Library.


Fall 2017 dates and times

  • Wednesday, September 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 11 from 2-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 25 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, December 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. **Finals Week with free chair massage!**
  • Tuesday, December 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. **Finals Week with free chair massage!**

Spring 2018 dates and times 

  • Wednesday, February 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7 from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, April 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. 
  • Monday, May 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. **Finals Week with free chair massage!**
  • Tuesday, May 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. **Finals Week with free chair massage!**

Need your furry fix now? Check out photos from past PAWS events on our Facebook page.

Illinois State University students report stress as one of their top impediments to academic success. And what time of the year is more stressful than finals. Research shows that for some, just a few minutes petting a dog can lower the body's level of cortisol--the stress hormone. This lowers your blood pressure and helps you feel relaxed, which will allow you to focus more on studying and projects. Additional stress management resources are available.

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