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Why It’s Wonderful To Date People Who Keep Pets

Why It’s Wonderful To Date People Who Keep Pets

Have you been seeing someone that is a devoted dog lover or a fan of felines? Dating a pet owner can have many added benefits to your relationship, including having a constant furry friend to play with and cuddle while watching TV. Here are some other reasons why going out with someone who has a pet can bring an added bonus to the relationship.

They know how to be nurturing

Having the responsibility of caring for a pet tends to bring out the more nurturing side of their owners and this quality translates over to their human relationships as well. Your partner has had a lot of practice caring for a pet in distress, whether they were suffering from an illness, stressed out from thunder or recovery from an illness. Having this caring quality is important for finding a partner, because that means that they are bound to take care of you just as well.

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    They understand dedication

    Having a pet is a long-term commitment that requires all owners to be willing to care for an animal for many years. For some pet owners this means 10-15 years of care! This translates well to a romantic relationship, where you will have a partner that understands the importance of dedication and is willing to stay with you through the ups and downs.

    They understand sacrifice

    Pet owners experience their fair share of having to make sacrifices in their lives, whether it is not being able to go on a weekend trip when their pet is sick to waking up early to walk their dog before work. It is important that you find someone who is willing to understand the importance of compromise and sacrifice within a relationship, because this is a key component to making a relationship successful.

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      They are not afraid of a little mess

      Shedding, bodily fluids and dirt all comes along with owning a pet. Dating someone who is not squeamish from when a cat coughs up a hairball on the carpet or does not mind dog hair everywhere is a keeper. Washing up and cleaning after a pet is part of the daily upkeep and less glamorous side of having a furry family member. Life can get a messy sometimes, both physically and metaphorically and it is important to have someone by your side who is there to help clean up and reassure you that everything will be fine!

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      They have built in stress-relievers

      Pets are great stress-relievers, whose affection and devotion to their owners and those around them help brighten their day and ward off anxiety and stress-related illnesses. This has been proven through the term “therapy dogs” where bringing dogs to school, hospitals and work sites have helped reduce stress levels. It’s important to find a partner that has a great outlet for stress and having a pet is an excellent way to make up for a hard day at work or a fight you had with your friend. Being around your significant other’s pet can also benefit you greatly and help you relieve any pent up stress that you have been experiencing. It is definitely cheaper than going to a therapist!

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        They are extra sensitive to your needs

        Having a pet means that as an owner you have to be extra alert to their needs, since you cannot speak the same language. Having a partner that is sensitive is key, because they are more likely to be able to be empathetic towards you when you are struggling or needing support. Learning to anticipate a partner’s needs is crucial to a healthy and happy relationship.

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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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