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7 Amazing Things That Happen When You Own A Cat

7 Amazing Things That Happen When You Own A Cat

When you have a cat, you’re going to notice a few changes in your life. Cute and cuddly cats aren’t just adorable and hilarious, they’re also good for you in many ways. Here are a few of the things you will notice.

1. You’ll be less stressed

Having a cat reduces the amount of stress in your life. They undoubtedly make you feel better for a variety of reasons, such as companionship, caring for them, having something soft and fuzzy to cuddle, and even the relaxing motion of petting them. Just watching and interacting with your cat every day will make you a happier person, and way less stressed.

Also, because cats are more independent, lower maintenance, and easier to care for than dogs and other pets, they still offer all of the benefits of being a pet owner without adding the stress and anxiety that’s accompanied with caring for them.

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2. You’ll have improved cardiovascular health

A study in 2008 at the University of Minnesota’s Stroke Institute claimed that cat owners are 30% less likely to die from a heart attack compared to participants without cats. Then, in 2009, a similar study showed that having a cat is linked to a decreased risk of death from all cardiovascular diseases.

Part of this is because cats do reduce your stress and anxiety levels. Petting a cat is a very relaxing activity and has a calming effect on humans.

3. You’ll be less lonely

Any pet owner will say that having a pet helps them feel less lonely. Their love and companionship is sometimes all it takes at the end of a hard day to feel better. Having a cat can fulfil your social needs just as well as hanging out with your human friends can, according to a study done at Miami University and Saint Louis University.

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Despite the stereotype that dogs are more affectionate, cats often show their owners much love and affection. The friendlier you are to your cat, the friendlier your cat will be to you.

4. You’ll be less depressed

The Mental Health Foundation collaborated with Cats Protection in 2011 and completed a study that surveyed 600 people, half of whom described themselves as having a mental health problem. The results from their study showed that 87 per cent of cat owners felt that their animals had a positive impact on their wellbeing, and 76 per cent found that coping with everyday life was easier because of their pets.

Many people who suffer from depression often say they find it easier to cope when they have a cat. This is because having a cat offers an uncomplicated love and friendship, caring for them offers a sense of responsibility and helps build routine, and it increases your physical activity through play.

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5. You’ll heal faster

Purr vibrations help heal infection and swelling, as well as muscles, tendons and ligament injuries, and even promote bone strengthening. This is because cats purr vibrations range from 20 to 140 Hertz, which is apparently medically helpful for a variety of illnesses and injuries, according to Scientific American. This helpful purring is just another reason to cuddle with your kitty, as if you needed one.

6. You’ll laugh more

Sometimes, cats are just plain hilarious! Their silly antics will have you laughing hysterically on a daily basis. In fact, a study done at California’s Loma Linda University found that watching 20 minutes of funny videos, including funny cat videos, is good for your health, too. Another study by Indiana University Bloomington found that watching cat videos online leaves the viewer feeling more positive and less stressed. It can only be assumed that seeing those funny moments in person are just as good for you!

7. You’ll feel complete

Almost all cat owners can agree that they feel their family wasn’t quite complete until they got a cat. Once your furry friend enters your home and your heart, your family will feel much more complete.

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Featured photo credit: Jans Canon via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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