Sunday, November 16, 2008
Cats and Stress Relief
I'm worried. The economy is bad, I'm nervous about my job situation, the cost of food, and my investments. I'm also worried that things are not going to turn around for the better any time soon. All this stress is not good for me. I already have a bad back and high cholesterol, and being uptight could result in high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack. Now I worry about those too.
Fortunately, my house has built-in stress relief: my cats. Just to have a cat snuggle in my lap makes me smile. Petting his soft fur relaxes me. Having a pet can improve your mood, lower your blood pressure, get you to exercise, and give you companionship. Here's a study that shows that cat ownership may lower the risk of heart attack.
Even if you don't have a pet, here is a video that will help relieve your stress by showing you how to pose like a cat: Yoga Video.