Dogs, Massages, and Water: Self-Care During Finals

December 6, 2016
Whitney Burney, front desk worker in the vice president's office of Student Affairs and Services, has healthy snacks and hydration on hand as she studies for finals during a break.

Whitney Burney, front desk worker in the vice president's office of Student Affairs and Services, has healthy snacks and hydration on hand as she studies for finals during a break.

It’s that time of year again: finals! As we approach the final week of classes and head into what for some is most stressful time of the year, let us not forget the many opportunities on campus to help release some stress and blow off some steam.

Among these events are therapy dogs at the library, free babysitting for student-parents, and massages. Make sure to take advantage of these opportunities on campus for finals week preparation.

ASMSU is sponsoring many events across campus, including the free “Finals Relaxer” event alongside UAB and RHA, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on December 9 at the MSU Union.  There will be massage therapy available as well as therapy dogs, yoga and meditation sessions, arts and crafts, performances, and healthy food to keep students strong and healthy going into finals week. To view the event page, click here.

The ever-popular therapy dogs and massage sessions—while relaxing and fun—also can help students do better on final exams and papers. Research shows that massage and pet therapies are effective stress management techniques, according to Nora Lynch, the ASMSU Liaison for Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

“There will be finals care packages as well,” explained Lynch. “Registered Student Organizations all over campus have also signed up to inform MSU students about their organizations.” 

If you happen to be a graduate student, never fear! Graduate Student Life and Wellness is hosting a free chair massage and pet therapy event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  on Monday, December 12, in the Chittenden Hall lounge. Massages are first come, first served, so make sure to stop by! To view the event page, click here.

For student-parents, there is free babysitting at the Peoples Church Preschool on Grand River from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on Saturday, December 10. Children from 2 weeks to 9 years old will be cared for and lunch will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP to reserve a spot. Call 517-332-2885 to check availability and learn more.

If these events aren’t your style, there are still things you can do to help yourself during the final stretch of the semester. Here are the top four things RA Steven Collareno, a Northville, Mich. Senior, regularly advises his residents in Snyder-Phillips hall:

  • Make sure you are eating healthy food.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Try not to procrastinate so you can avoid staying up all night cramming that research paper or lab report. 
  • Don’t forget to sleep! Cognitive abilities drop sharply with lack of sleep.

Good luck on finals! You can do it!

 

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