If you’ve been dealing with higher stress levels than usual, you’re not alone—as COVID-19 continues, countless Americans continue to navigate the impact the virus has had on their health, families, and finances. It’s been reported that over 30 percent of Americans say they’re facing negative economic impacts as a result of the pandemic—and those numbers are growing. With ongoing furloughs and layoffs, you might not realize how financial stress can impact your physical and mental health.[Read more…]
When you’re in a happy, healthy relationship, you can see its positive impact in almost every area of your life. In the same sense, unhealthy relationships can have the same type of negative affect on your life, especially your health. So if you’ve noticed that your health is falling by the wayside and you’re stuck in an unhealthy relationship, be it a marriage or a friendship, here are three ways this toxic relationship could be causing you to have poor health.
Increased Stress Levels
An unhealthy relationship can be very detrimental to both your physical and mental health. One way this is evident is in the stress that this relationship can cause and how that stress can be made manifest in your physical body. According to Amanda MacMullin, a contributor to Health.com, you can have stress in your relationship over things like financial problems, parenting disagreements, emotional abuse, or even just small arguments about normal things in life. When these things cause you stress, it can impact your health through giving you anxiety, stomach issues, and overall discontent and lack of well-being. [Read more…]
If you already have a furry companion you know how much happiness your pet brings to your daily life. No matter how bad your day was you know that when you get home your pet will always greet you with a smile and unconditional love as soon as you enter the door. Besides making a bad day a little better, owning a pet has health benefits too. From decreasing stress to improving your mood, your pet can improve your health.
Lowers Blood Pressure And Reduces Stress
Have you ever noticed that just being around your pet makes you feel better? Lisa Fields, a contributor for WebMD, notes that petting your animal makes you feel good and “It can lower your blood pressure, helps your body release a relaxation hormone, and cuts down on levels of a stress hormone.”
Pets can be a great medicine when a person is dealing with chronic pain such as migraines or arthritis. One study found that people who use some form of pet therapy while recovering from surgery need significantly less pain medication than those who do not.
Many of the health benefits of owning a pet may stem from the mental and emotional benefits. Pets are used in various forms of therapy for this very reason. Dogs are used to help people with anxiety issues as well as helping veterans deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Helps People Socialize And Exercise
Owning a dog can actually increase a person’s opportunities to socialize and be more active. Since dogs need to be walked to reduce certain behavioral issues (like digging) the simple act of getting some fresh air and walking your dog can be a great opportunity to socialize with your neighbors as well as get active yourself.
Helps With Childhood Development
Children who grow up with pets can benefit in many ways. Having an emotional attachment to a pet along with the responsibility of taking care of a pet can help a child develop an emotional connection with animals as well as teach them about responsibilities. Pets can also be beneficial to children who have autism and ADHD.
Monitor Blood Sugar Levels And Prevent Strokes
According to the American Diabetes Association, a study found that one-third of pets (dogs, cats, bird and rabbits) living with diabetics would change their behavior when their owner’s blood sugar level dropped. Also owning a pet, particularly a cat can be beneficially in cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that if you own a cat, you are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack and 40 percent less likely to have a stroke.
So make sure you are taking care of that pet of yours. Make sure to give your animal lots of love and exercise and keep that pet healthy. Look for a great vet and pet insurance to keep your furry friend healthy, because they are keeping you healthy too.
Stress is all around us, a normal part of our daily lives. There isn’t much we can do about external factors that bring about stress, but there is a lot we can do to manage stress levels in a healthy way. This is important because stress, while emotional and mental in most respects, can have adverse effects on our physical health. [Read more…]