Sometimes the little things pile up and suddenly we feel frustrated. While this part of life is unavoidable, and the feelings are completely normal, there are ways to keep your stress level in check, so you can make sure it doesn’t consume you. Having a daily routine helps to keep our lives in balance and when we are in balance, our stress is reduced and our mood improves.
Pet ownership has beneficial effects on our health and well-being. Research has found that spending time with our pets increases the level of oxytocin. This hormone is often referred to as “The Love Hormone” and it lowers heart rate and blood pressure, quiets fears in the mind and suppresses the production of stress hormones. So, looking into your dog’s soulful eyes or listening to your cats soothing purrs really does create a calm and positive mood.
Remember, stress is a part of life and we will all experience it at one time. Knowing how to effectively manage stress levels is essential to living a happy and healthy life.