Earlier this week, an anti-stress cabin emerged all of a sudden at Armenia Square in Palermo. It encouraged people to get inside, put some headphones on, and enjoy the unanticipated company of affectionate puppies for a few minutes.
Even though this concept might appear out of place in the middle of a metropolis where six million people converge each day, there’s a scientific explanation behind it. In fact, Many campuses all around North America and Europe have already explored pet therapy during exams week.
Hoy participé de una jornada de adopción de mascotas, organizada por @bamascotas y tuve la oportunidad de vivir la experiencia de la cabina anti-stress, con algunos de los cachorros que están disponibles para adoptar. Excelente y recomendable iniciativa para concientizar sobre la adopción responsable. @edumacchiavelliok @edupetrinii
Science says having a canine best friend can help you release oxytocin, which is also called the “love hormone” given its role in creating a feeling of bonding between mammals. While cuddling a puppy can help your body tackle your levels of stress hormones.
Like in most developed countries, people in the Paris of Latin America are not exempt from having high anxiety and stress levels. According to human resources consultant Adecco, almost half of all Argentine employees suffer from stress at work.
Even when Buenos Aires is the city with the most psychologists per capita in the world, as reported by the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Atlas, many still struggle when trying to find an optimal balance between the city’s stressful conditions and their mental health.
A representative for the Ministry of Environment and Public Spaces told La Nación the cabin sought to surprise stressed commuters, giving them the opportunity to isolate themselves from the city’s noisy aura while receiving an unexpected visit from cheering puppies and kittens.
The cabin concept came by the hands of Buenos Aires’ Pets of the City division, with the objective of raising concern about pet adoption, offering participants to give a furry friend a new place at their homes.
Notwithstanding, the antistress cabin did not make more than a short performance from Wednesday to Thursday at the Armenia Square. It is still unknown if it was removed after neighbors turned to social media to express their concerns about the project’s funding, or if it will make a later appearance at any other square in town.
Some have argued on Twitter that other priorities might be more important right now in the fight against stress. When The Bubble visited Armenia Square on Friday, there was no trace of the antistress cabin, but whispers moving through the stridulous spring breeze appeared to remark there were no rational reasons to justify the cabin.