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6 Things Anyone Thinking of Adopting a Pet Must Know

6 Things Anyone Thinking of Adopting a Pet Must Know

There are millions of pets out there that need a lot of caring and love. This is the main reason why people decide to adopt one of these lovely creatures. Whether it is a cat, a dog or some other type of pet, adoption is something that should be taken seriously. Having a pet is one of the unique joys in life, but it is in no way something to be taken lightly. There are simply many things that you should know before you definitely decide to adopt a pet.

1. Dedicate some time for appropriate research

Before going to the local shelter, you should scout your town or city for a good veterinarian. This way you are going to be certain that you have someone to turn too in case something goes wrong. The vet is going to help you out with picking the right food for your adorable pet, get to know which type of vaccines you should get for the future and so on. These are the small things that are very important for a more secure future.

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Additionally, give your best to find other owners who gather from time to time and let their pets play. Socialization is equally as important for pets as it is for us people. Your little furry friend will love to play around with its pals. You can do some research online, so that you know what steps you could take to make your living space pet-friendly. By doing this you will begin to understand that adopting a pet is a serious commitment.

2. Do not rush, having a pet creates obligations

Make sure that you have enough time in your schedule for the pet you are planning to adopt. Your home is going to be a whole new surrounding and the pet is going to need some time to adapt to it. It is necessary that you have a certain amount of time to dedicate to the little one. If your day is already cramped with numerous obligations, wait for a more peaceful period, which is going to leave a window of time for your little friend.

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Adopting a pet is a serious task due to the fact that cats, dogs and many other animals are there to stay for years to come. If you think that at some point of your life you are not going to be able to take care of it, simply avoid adopting one just because it is cute.

3. Know that you are going to have increased expenditure

These expenses are not usually high, but for some people, pet related expenses can be quite a stress on the budget. You have to think about grooming your pet, paying for a veterinarian, medications and vaccinations, not to mention the food. These are not expensive things, but it is important to keep them on your mind in case you are going through a rough patch. Simply postpone adaptation if these expenses are going to present a shock for your budget.

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4. Analyze the pet’s personality

This is an easy task – while you are in the shelter simply spend some time observing animals. For example, if you are planning on adopting a dog, there are several factors that can easily show you the character of a dog. If you are planning to adopt a younger dog, you can already predict that it is going to have a lot more energy and that it is going to require more than three walks a day. However, if you go for a mature dog, a couple of walks every day will do just fine.

Talk with the people at the shelter – they can give you a description of every pet, the type of character it has, how it behaves, what you can expect from a pet like that etc. Doing these things is going to help you pick the pet that suits your character the most. With the right choice, both you and your pet are going to be happy.

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5. Remember that you are going to clean your home more often

This is not a problem, but it is an important reminder. Most furry pets shed their hair each season. This is the period of the year when you are going to have to do a bit more grooming. If there are any stains made by your pets, there is a wide variety of products that can help you keep your home fresh and clean no matter how bad the situation is.

If you have carpets in your home, they can easily be cleaned nowadays, which is going to keep them pet odor free. These are simply some things that you are easily going to adapt too. It is just like taking care of your home regularly, with a little bit more effort.

6. The first month is critical

Once you have adopted your pet, the first month is going to be the toughest, as this is the adjustment period. Before adoption, make sure that you are going to have a lot of time during this period. This is the period when a lot of your focus should be on your pet, as it is going to bond with you. This does not mean that later on you won’t have to do anything, but take this time to build a strong foundation in the relationship between you and your pet.

These are the most important things you should know before adopting a pet. In the end, it is important to mention that with all these things comes something priceless and that is the feeling of learning to love your pet and sharing a timeless bond of friendship.

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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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