Finals stress got you, like OMG!
Or maybe a little like Arrrrgh!
You clearly need a break from finals stress. But you also have mountains of work to get done. What to do?
We got you! Let’s see, we’re going to need caffeine. All the caffeine.
Add sugar. Trust us, a little sugar and carb boost is practically a health food during finals. Ok, we made that part up. But a little comfort food is just what the professor would order, especially when served up in festive feline form.
Purr Therapy: The Positive Power of Cats
And cats. Why cats? Because everything is better with cats, naturally. And there is actual research that says spending time with cats has a positive effect on your health and well being. Pet people intuitively know that pets improve their lives. Now a growing body of research supports the axiom that companion pets are in fact good for us and help fight the toxic effects of stress.
Let’s call it: Purr Therapy. Research shows that petting a cat helps your body reduce the stress hormone cortisol almost immediately. One study out of the University of Minnesota, published in the Journal of Vascular and Interventional Neurology, found that having a cat may reduce your chance of a stroke or heart attack by one third. Dr. Adnan Qureshi, lead researcher on the study, links cardiovascular health to psychological stress, and suggests that cats help reduce the stress and anxiety that cause high blood pressure and heart problems. It’s science!
Sip and Purr Cat Cafe in Milwaukee is within walking distance to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and has easy access from Marquette University, Milwaukee Area Technical College, and other Milwaukee schools. *$5 walk-ins to Cat Lounge with a valid college ID, EVERYDAY**
Tally Cat Cafe in Tallahassee, Florida is close to Florida State University
Give the Gift of Cats
How about giving the student in your life the gift of cats? Set your student up for happiness and success in the new year with a gift certificate to a cat cafe! Find a cat cafe convenient to your student on our map and directory. Most cafes having flexible offerings, running from $10 and up. An increasing number of cat cafes are offering membership options. We especially like this Student Pass offering from Kittens and Cups in Annapolis, Maryland.
There is also a lot of unique cat swag available at cat cafes, sure to delight any cat lover on your list. Many cafes have online stores so you can shop right from home. And because U.S. cat cafes partner with rescue organizations to place homeless cats, your purchases are also ultimately helping rescue more cats.
DIY Finals Stress Buster: Watch Cat Videos
What if you don’t have a cat cafe near you to melt your stress away? Good news! Watching cat videos will actually boost your energy and positive emotions, and lessen negative feelings. So says a study by Indiana University researchers. That’s right: watching cat videos online actually improves your mood. The research suggests that internet cats may actually be a form of pet therapy. Try it!
Don’t you feel better already?
We wish all students the very best of success in finals, and the coming new year!