Guide dogs help fight exam stress

Guide dogs help Heaton Manor students fight exam stress.

Heaton Manor welcomed some canine visitors into the Sixth Form last Friday.

Students were given the opportunity to destress by meeting guide dogs and their handlers from the local branch of Guide Dogs. For ten minutes, students petted the dogs and chatted with their handlers - taking a study break to enjoy some pet therapy.  Various studies have shown that interacting with dogs can lower stress levels, reduce heart rate and lower blood pressure. This proved to be a really rewarding event for the students, handlers and dogs. It's great to be able to offer an opportunity for stress relief during the busy exam term.

The students, who are right in the middle of their A levels, loved meeting the dogs! We hope this will become an annual event for the Sixth Form. The Sixth Form team are also looking at other ways of helping to deal with stress. Research suggests effective stress busters include puzzles, mindfulness colouring and bubblewrap popping. However, if you ask the Sixth Form students they will definitely say that their favourite method of destressing is petting beautiful guide dogs!

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