Did you notice the World news when taxi’s in America, Canada, UK and Australia made the headlines because they took kittens into the work place. This initiative aimed to help stressed workers and the recipients got to cuddle, play with and stroke these delightful kittens for 15 minutes. Also there is the chance to adopt a kitten if you love these cute felines. Part of the fee charged goes to cat rescue shelters.
What about puppies you ask? They are a possibility too. The fact that we love our pets is endearing. We are a world of animal lovers. They bring us unconditional love and affection (as long as we feed, water and stroke them). We have two dogs called Riley and Gretel who give the most amazing welcome as they hear the door open. A most wonderful way to return from work. Greeted with a waggy tails and nuzzling noses, enough to feel like King or Queen of the World.
Science stuff to back this up:
“Alan Beck of Purdue University, and a psychiatrist, Aaron Katcher of the University of Pennsylvania, actually measured what happens physically when a person pets a friendly and familiar dog. They found that the person’s blood pressure lowered, heart rate slowed, breathing became more regular and muscle tension relaxed-all of which are signs of reduced stress……. A study published recently in the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine confirmed these effects, showing changes in blood chemistry demonstrating reduced amounts of stress related hormones. It is interesting to note that these positive psychological effects work a lot faster than many drugs taken for stress, since all of these effects occurred after only 5 to 24 minutes of pleasantly interacting with the dog.”
Joanna Pemberton is a master NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Hypnotherapist. She is dedicated to helping people manage their stress and anxieties through a variety of techniques.
You can find out more about Joanna at her website www.joannapemberton.com