Ask Abbey: A Canine Guide to Relieve Stress


Having just returned from fall break, many students are struggling to get back in the swing of things, especially with midterms and the non-stop homework load from classes. Good thing there is a counseling center here on the St. Norbert campus to help!

Dear Abbey,

What are some ways students can relieve stress at this point in the semester, when course loads are so demanding? – Melissa S. ʼ17

Dear Melissa (and all other stressed out students),

The very first thing you should do to help relieve some stress is schedule a one-on-one appointment with me. WHY? Well, because it is my job, and it will give you a moment to sit down and relax. You can also stop by the counseling center during our office hours, which are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Main Hall. Besides visiting me or any other members of the staff, you can always try finding or making time for stress-relieving recreational activities, such as hiking or yoga. Or, try to take time for any recreational activities that you personally enjoy. For example, some people really enjoy catching Pokémon, while others prefer catching fish. In my opinion, I prefer chasing geese and/or tennis balls. In essence, it does not matter what kind the activity is, what matters is that you enjoy it.

If you have no possible way of doing recreational things, try taking time, even if it is just for a few minutes, to do something just for yourself. This is very important, taking breaks will actually help you stay focused on schoolwork. So yes, I am telling you that it is OKAY to watch Netflix occasionally, just as long as you do not binge watch the first four seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy” or “Gossip Girl.” Everyone needs to take time for themselves, if your personal life is not somewhat together, then how can your schoolwork possibly be? Always remember that you are in complete control of yourself, so do not forget to take time.

At this point in the semester, literally everyone is more than busy. Coursework is increasing, therefore so is virtually everyone’s blood pressure. As a dog, I do not really get stressed, because life is great, but that is why I am here to help! Again, remember that taking time for yourself is of utmost importance to help exterminate some stress. Also do not forget: communio. We are all equally suffering through our homework, and will get through it together.

Love and blessings from your campus dog,



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