April is National Stress Awareness Month! (And HSL is going to help you get through it)

In addition to the many other health observances coming up in April, we are also at the beginning of National Stress Awareness Month. National observance or not, we know that stress levels are rising all across campus as finals loom large.

The Health Sciences Library would like to help you make April 2017 a productive, happy, and fun month despite the workload you may be experiencing. Throughout the month, we will be posting on our social media channels about stress-management strategies, information, resources, and fun study break ideas among other things.

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For our first installment of Stress-Reduction tips, we want to show you some of the best study-spots in the library – according to research. This article (you will need to be signed into Off-Campus access to view the full version) http://bit.ly/2oLFR1A discusses a study of college students in which attention and study spot selections were interrogated. The findings suggest that views of nature, especially of unobstructed nature, were highly restorative.

We don’t have any completely unobstructed views since there are so many fabulous things going on in so many large buildings around campus, but we have some beautiful views nonetheless. Take a peek at these spots that you may not have thought to study in before!


Sit in the armchairs facing the window in the Special Collections room – usually very quiet, and no eating is allowed so there will be no one crunching potato chips from the next desk! Right now there’s a gorgeous view of the very tops of those flowering trees.


Perhaps the most striking room to study in is the Tower Room, which is available for studying when an event isn’t being hosted there. There’s a large circular table for lots of friends/study buddies and beautiful views of the big trees in the courtyard.



The 2nd Floor study rooms on the west side have lovely views of the courtyard and its many resident squirrels.


Works Cited:
Felsten, Gary. “Where to Take a Study Break on the College Campus: An Attention Restoration Theory Perspective.” Journal of Environmental Psychology 29.1 (2009): 160-67. Science Direct. Web. 1 Apr. 2017.