The Holidays can be a busy and stressful time of year for both you and your dog. There's the hustle and bustle of trying to get gifts, wrap them, cleaning, cooking, and so much more. As many of you are aware already, this Holiday season has been particularly stressful for myself.
Of course, I feel bad for Shiner and even the Rat Boys right now because I haven't had as much time as I would like to devote to them. But, in times of stress I find that sitting with them and petting them for even just five minutes is very relaxing and calming for both of us. I can see in Shiner's eyes that she just wants to help and be close to me right now. As I attempt to get back into the swing of blogging again, I know that Shiner is going to be immensely helpful to me.
Studies have shown that spending time with your dog or other pets is good for your health. Just Right by Purina has created a nice infographic that displays how to have a stress-free holiday with your dog.
Spending time with your dog or other pet for even just five minutes at a time can increase your self-esteem, help you smile, relax you, and put you in a better mood. By simply petting your dog for a couple of minutes you can reduce stress-producing cortisol, blood pressure, anxiety, and loneliness.
It's hard to imagine that something so simple could be so powerful, but it is scientifically proven and I've experienced the stress-reducing effects pets have on people myself.
So this Holiday Season, remember to take a step back every now and then and just relax! Invite your furry friend into your lap for a cuddle session for just a few minutes or if you have time, a few hours. Both of you will feel better afterwards.
How does your pet help relax you when you are feeling stressed? Let us know in the comments!