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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Healthy Thursday: Own A Pet For Stress Relief

It is Thursday again, so that means it is Healthy Thursday. Focusing on stress relief again this week. I read somewhere once that petting a dog can decrease your blood pressure, and help relieve everyday stress. A dog is a loyal and affordable way to relieve stress. These are my two beauties Biscuit almost two years old, and Lucky just nine weeks old. While having a new puppy can be stressful for the first few weeks, due to adjustment issues, loving it and nurturing it is very rewarding and stress relieving. None of my dogs have ever been purebred dogs. I always go for a dog that needs a home, and lots of love. While we did have to put our beloved Krypto down last fall, he still remains with us everyday. If you are unsure of a shelter in your area you can go to Petfinder to find animals ready to be adopted in your area. Whether you want a dog, cat, rabbit, bird or some other furry friend, Petfinder can help you find one. Dogs can also help you get into an exercise routine, because you should walk it daily for the dogs own health. This is especially true if you don't have a safe and fenced yard for your dog to run around in. Be sure to do research on what kind of pet would be best for you and your family situation. Not all pets are meant for all families. Some dogs can actually be bothersome if you have small children or other pets. A little research goes a long ways. There are also animal rescues that allow you to adopt pets. These are a great resource as well. Love a pet and bring your stress level under control. Try it, it works!


Moshe Sharon said...

The word “Stress” actually relates to wear and tear as when the rubber meets the road on a tire or the brake pads pressing up against the rotor in the wheel. The term as it applies to living organisms was first introduced by Hans Seyle in the 1930’s who defined it as the consequence of the failure of an organism (human or animal) to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined. Thus stress symptoms are the manifestation of a chronic state of responses to stress triggers that are actually benign. Even a thought can set off the same response mechanism that would be in play while standing in front of a hungry lion. Hence, Seyle’s definition still reaches to the heart of stress management; the idea of the response being inappropriate and engaging in a process of altering ones misperception of pending disaster or imminent danger.

Melissa said...

Yes, I know what stress is. There are simple things people can do to help relieve said stress, no matter the cause. Some of these have proven to be very effective.

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