This week the Health Sciences Library is hosting Stress Relief Week on December 3rd, 4th and 5th from 11-3 each day. One of the highlights of this event is the therapy dogs, who will once again be present to lower blood pressure with their kisses and tail wags. But what if you can’t make it to the event? What if you have no animals at home to snuggle up to for their anxiety-reducing properties?
Internet to the rescue.
The UB Libraries Audio Visual Guide has links to some amazing websites featuring animals from the natural world. Arkive has clips pertaining to many of the world’s animal species and includes juvenile tigers, elephants and pandas at play. The Nature Video Collection from BBC Science and Nature has baby animal clips including Nature’s miracle babies. PBS Nature offers many full length documentaries including Animal Odd Couples which features stories about charming interspecies relationships. My Life as a Turkey is not about your Thanksgiving dinner, but rather an Emmy award-winning documentary that tells the tale of baby wild turkeys imprinting on a farmer, essentially making him their mom. PBS also has the documentary Dogs That Changed the World, which looks at the complex and interesting ways that dogs became our best friends.
Perhaps the best-loved Internet escape, the cat video, may also factor into your stress reduction strategy. In 2012 the Internet Cat Video Festival, created by the Walker Art Center, debuted at the Minnesota State Fair. The playlist contains nearly eighty favorites, with links to more. The 2013-2014 Internet Cat Video Festival has gone on the road, touring the country through next June. Several more current kitty favorites can be accessed through the festival’s site. There will be a showing in Rochester at the George Eastman House in December.
If your idea of stress relief includes a little adventure, our very own library contains Life of Pi on DVD. Though fictional, the idea that a boy could survive in a lifeboat for 227 days with an adult tiger is pretty inspiring. Surviving the rest of the semester seems simple by comparison.