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Stress Reduction
Blue Mind room located at the Dawg Lounge at Student Health Services

Stress is a completely natural part of life – maybe even more so during your college years! It is the reaction of the body and mind to meet everyday challenges and demands. And, studies show stress might even help you be healthier, happier and ultimately your best self.

Many students are able to keep their stress levels relatively under control or even thrive in the college setting. However, for some students, the challenges and frustrations of campus life appear to lead to “stress overload.” Wellness and Health Promotion Services offers several ways to help you reduce and manage stress.

Listen to relaxing audio
© Dave Elam, Ph.D. The Relaxation CD

The Student Health Center is home to the Dawg Lounge, a de-stress area available to students. Individuals are invited to utilize the relaxation features in our three themed relaxation rooms, which include massage chairs, water, light features, and soothing sounds. We offer Light Therapy, Biofeedback, art, yoga, and other calming tools. Our biggest attraction is our support dogs, present on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Individuals are welcome to walk-in Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Dawg Lounge houses:

  • 3 themed, private relaxation rooms, the “Rainforest Room,” the “Ocean Room,” and the “Desert Room,” each with their massage chair and soothing accessories

  • Art and coping tools

  • Light and Biofeedback machines

  • Emotional support dogs on Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Monthly Downward Dog and Calming Craft sessions 

Free and open to all! Walk-ins welcome! No appointment is necessary.