Students at The University of Akron have some options if they need to relieve some stress as final exams approach.
The UA library system is offering extended hours and free coffee, at times, but they're also bringing in the dogs! Summa Health System's WAGTime Therapy Dogs are spending some of their days outside Summa hospitals and opting instead for UA's Bierce Library.
"In the hospital, I know it is supposed to lower blood pressure and just calm them and I know a lot of students probably miss their dogs," said Summa's Chris Peterson.
A little deeper into the library, a little deep breathing is going on ... in the form of free meditation sessions with Dr. Joe Williams.
"In order to get your studies and have it mean more to you, you have to take time - just slow down," said Williams. "You'll always have time study."
Williams says it's not just for stressful times of the semester and not just for students. He says forms of meditation can be helpful to calm adults and children before they become too anxious or too angry. According to Williams, research suggests that the average person's mind hosts about 70,000 thoughts per day, so he says it only makes sense to clear your mind once in awhile.