The Benefits of Interacting with Animals
Hey there!  

In today’s final post about natural stress 
relief, we’re going to encourage you to 
spend more time interacting with animals! 

I so miss having our dog and cats, however
our lifestyle right now is just not the best for
pets.  Don't worry, I get my fill with all the 
neighbors dogs when we are out walking.

Many studies have shown that interacting 
with animals greatly reduces our stress 
levels. And you don't even need to adopt 
one in order to benefit from it, although 
there are plenty of domesticated animals 
in dire need of a forever home.     

People around the world turn to animals 
for emotional support, and for a good 
reason. This type of interaction actually 
lowers cortisol, which is a steroid hormone 
that triggers a negative response to any 
type of stress.     

The less cortisol that you have in your 
system, the calmer you'll feel whenever 
you're in a stressed situation.    

Interacting with animals also increases 
oxytocin, which is a hormone that actually 
reduces stress. So the more you play with 
animals, the more oxytocin your body 
produces, and the happier you feel overall.    

If you don't consider yourself to be an 
animal person, then at least keep in mind 
that animals reduce stress without necessarily 
having hands on interactions. Oh yes, this 
is new to me too!

To use animals as a way to naturally reduce your 
stress, you can:

-Watch animal videos online- There are plenty of
funny dog, cat and farm animal videos found on
YouTube that are sure to make you smile.   

-Observe an animal slideshow- These are simply
pictures of cute animals in video format. 

-Visit a farm-Spend time with Bessie the cow, goats,
chicken, and more.

-Take a trip to your local zoo.

-Adopt one!

-And if you do have a pet, consider taking them 
to nursing homes that allow our furry friends to
visit.  You will be doing a double dip on your
anxiety and stress relief while greatly helping 
the residents!

The last suggestion is definitely a long-term 
commitment, so if you're thinking of going that 
route then consider interacting with a few 
animals at your local shelter. See what type 
of animal you're drawn to, spend some time with 
it and then see how you feel.      

The more you spend time doing any of these in 
your spare time, the calmer you'll feel. 

You may even find yourself thinking about dogs
whenever you're in a stressful situation, or going
for a horse ride when your workload keeps piling up.      

The most important thing is keep your stress 
levels down, so find the right type of animal 
for your personality type. When it comes to dogs, 
a high energy dog may not be the right one that 
you're looking for. So take your time and enjoy 
yourself.   

And consider watching short animal videos throughout 
your day, as a way to keep yourself calm and focused. 
  
We hope you've enjoyed this blog series about 
natural ways to alleviate stress. We wish you 
nothing but the best and pray for a healthy 
journey toward a happy, stress-free life!  

We're going to stay with the mind for the next
series and we'll be concentrating on the toxins
we're exposed to both inside and out!


Until then,

Aimee Carlson
The Toxin Terminator

PS:  Tell me, which natural stress relief have you found the most helpful?  Remember, we had 6 we discussed!

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