7 benefits you didn’t know about having Pets

You have heard the term “ An apple a day will keep the doctor away…” Is it true a pet a day will keep the doctor away?

I have ALWAYS been a huge animal lover. After my traumatic pregnancy with our son, that is when I really found that out about myself. I have a Dog named Jack, he is a black lab pit mix. Then we have our little kitty Wendy. There are so many benefits to having animals and most of those benefits people aren’t aware of. Take a look!

Immunity: Children who live with Dogs or Kitty’s from infancy or less likely to develop animal allergies later in life or asthma. Though it is not certain but researchers suspect that early exposure to pet allergens can actually help the immune system. It could help your child build up an immunity. How awesome is that! Better start that back yard Zoo you always dreamed of!

Therapy: What is pet therapy? The use of trained animals and handlers to achieve specific physical, social, cognitive, and emotional goals with patients; also called animal-assisted therapy or AAT. Pet therapy has been known to lessen depression, anxiety and fatigue. My son Conner and our dog Jack are best pals. When Conner began having a seizure one day we laid him next to Jack. The fur and emotion for Jack helped Conner come out of his seizure quicker. I have seen firsthand what the power of animal connection can do.

Blood Pressure: Did you know that just by petting your cat or dog, you can lower your blood pressure Cholesterol? Researchers looked at nearly 4,500 adults and found that cat ownership was related to a 40 percent lower risk of suffering a fatal heart attack.

Love Connection: Forget dating sites just take your dog for a walk! Dogs are great conversation starters. This can really help ease people out of social isolation or shyness, The conversation can stay grounded at the dog or it can turn into “I do” who knows…lol. Hasn’t anyone seen 101 Dalmatians???

Weight watcher: A research was done with 2,000 adults. The adults who owned a dog were much less likely to become obese because they felt more motivated to walk their dog. We all could you a little motivation right?

Mental Security: Just knowing that you have a dog that barks is enough to help you fall into a good deep sleep. I have found myself scared and nervous when my dog isn’t with me at night for one reason or another.

Service: For the disabled, or mentally challenged, having an animal to help guide them or service them in some way is just amazing. Dogs can be trained to sense seizures, sense an autistic melt down, help an elderly person who has fallen or is lost. There are so many things animals are capable of doing. It is just incredible.

Such a large majority or animals are killed everyday because of animal shelters being over crowded. How sad it is to think about what great benefits these animals can bring, and they are being killed because nobody wants them. I am a huge advocate for rescue animals!

I think its time you head down to your local animal shelter and adopt, dont you?



10 great ways to calm down

10  great ways to calm down


  1. Put some ear buds in and listen to your favorite playlist

“Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.” Taken from http://psychcentral.com/


  1. Go outside and breathe

Spend at least ten minutes a day outside regardless of the weather.  Lay out side on the grass, park far away from the entrance of a store. As little as ten minutes spent outdoors, daily, can be a quick mood booster. Pay closer attention to all the little details.


  1. Go for jog around the block

A recent study appears to confirm that exercise can reduce anger. According to Nathaniel Thom, astress physiologist, “exercise, even a single bout of it, can have a robust prophylactic effect” against the buildup of anger. If you are not into exercising, just try walking and taking in the nature around you.


  1. Spend time with your animals

People and animals have shared a strong bond. This bond has been a source of relief for those who suffer physical or emotion pain. My dog Jack has been a great relief for me when I am upset. Our family goes through a lot of different emotions because our specials needs son. Having Jack has helped make a huge difference.


5. Take a bubble bath

The warm water can help relax your muscles since I am sure you have realized your muscles instantly tighten when upset. I know mine do! I love to go into my bathroom, light a couple of candles (I prefer Lavender) and let the warm water overtake my muscles. Don’t forget to lock the door! Not the best time for your kids to barge in bugging you about not finding their box of crayons!!


  1. Take a drive to your favorite store (even just to window shop)

This may not be for everyone, but I find that taking a trip to world market and looking around at all of the neat things they have, and the smell of the store just seems to do the trick every time!


  1. Aromatherapy

Smell is the strongest of the senses and is best able to influence brain activity. Olfactory bulbs are part of the limbic system and directly connect to the areas of the brain that process emotion and learning. Try smelling Lavender, Lemon, Jasmine, and Rosemary.


  1. Watch a feel good movie

Watching something that makes you feel good is great way to escape reality for a little while. I tend to watch my favorite romantic comedy’s when I am upset and I always find that it helps.


  1. Write it out

Taking all of your anger, or stress out on paper is a good way to let it all out! I know I have used this exercise and its helps me a lot. Don’t stare at your paper scared you will hurt its feelings, let it out already!


  1. Immerse yourself in what you love to do

Distraction is a wonderful way to get away from that angry monster behind you, especially if it’s something you love because then your whole mind is focused on doing the activity and NOT what made you upset.


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11. Get your hair done!

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When is a head ache, not normal?

When is a head ache, not normal?

When is it time to see the doctor or take a trip to the emergency room? Read below to find out what’s not normal…

1. A stiff neck and fever could be a sign of meningitis..
2. Severe nausea or vomiting and any neuro-deficit (such as difficulty speaking or walking), which could be signs of a hemorrhagic stroke
3. If you have a headache after hitting your head or being in a car accident.
4. You have tension headaches, migraine headaches, or cluster headaches and you have to take over-the-counter pain medication frequently or in high doses.
5. Your experiencing muscle weakness or numbness in a limb, changes in speech or vision changes.
6. You are feeling disabled by your pain and are having trouble living a normal life.
7. Your headaches are getting progressively worse.
8. Your headache is associated with seizures.
9. Your headache is extremely severe, and you call it “The worst head ache ever!”

Please seek professional help if you are experiencing these symptoms.