Monday, May 25

Brookdale Newsroom

Students Unwind During Spring 2016 Anti-Stress Week

With finals approaching and graduation right around the corner, tensions tend to run high this time of the semester. To help relieve some of that stress, the Office of Student Life and Activities hosted Spring 2016 Anti-Stress week from April 26-28.

“People need that uplifting feeling,” said first year education student Erin Batz about the activities offered during Anti-Stress week. “Especially during finals week, we need this kind of stress relief so we don’t get burned out.”

Free five-minute massages were offered in various locations on the Lincroft campus throughout the week. After which, participants could enjoy some fun, low-stress art therapy at a free coloring book station set up in the Student Life Center lounge.

Students show off their artistic masterpieces at the Anti-Stress Week coloring book station on April 26.

Students show off their artistic masterpieces at the Anti-Stress Week coloring book station on April 26.

Continuous showings of Ride Along 2, starring the comedic duo Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, helped audience members de-stress with a few laughs on April 27 in the Paramount Lounge. According to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America, laughter therapy can help alleviate physical and emotional stresses.

On Thursday, students in the Student Life Center enjoyed the smooth, relaxing sounds of the Caribbean, presented by Ewabo Band. Across campus, the Bankier Library featured a Brookdale community favorite anti-stress event: Paws and Relax.

The beloved four-legged friends and their handlers come from the nonprofit Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs program in Monmouth County. Big and small dogs alike were welcomed by dozens of students and faculty members.

“Spending just a few minutes with a therapy dog can help bring happiness to a serious environment,” said student Ryan Maxwell, while playing with Juno, an Spinone Italiano.

Of the other dogs available to pet and love were Charlie, a golden retriever; Molly, a mini-schnauzer; Macy, a collie; Tasha, a Doberman Pinscher; Nelly, a redbone coonhound mix; Misty, a chocolate Labrador; Bailey, a vizsla; Tamela, a golden retriever; Maia, a labradoodle; and Natalie, a black lab/chow chow mix.

Check out more photos of Spring 2016 Anti-Stress Week here.

Check out Brookdale TV’s news piece on the therapy dog visit here.

For more Student Life and Activities events, check out their calendar here.

– Article by Mikaela Mazzeo, college relations intern