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4 Ways Animals Help With Depression

4 Ways Animals Help With Depression

Every day we wake up and we put on a mask to enable us to move on with life. We put on a mask, which resembles the person next to us; eventually, we fail to acknowledge the problems of others. We walk around the streets with various clouds hanging over our heads, depression, anxieties, loneliness and many others. We yearn for the comfort of another being and we look for attention.

In recent days, statistics have shown we prefer being attached to technology instead of human connection. We walk home, jump on our couch and continue the rest of our day watching something. This same routine repeats every day increasing depression and leaving a void in humankind.

However, recent studies have shown that having a pet can ease the impact of depression. Looking forward to someone at home allows us to channel care and affection, which is the key to solving depression. For many Xanax forcefully induces such emotions, why not adopt a pet instead.

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1.They Keep You Company.

This I’ve noticed in many old folks home, where you watch in a far corner an old woman watching the sky. Although often filled with laughter old folks always gather an air of pain, sadness and loneliness. They miss their home, children, family or sometimes their old lives.

Recently though many old folk homes have allowed the admittance of pets, to keep their residents company. Researchers have shown that this has increased the happiness among the old folks by 50%; this is because having a pet allows you to engage in a more loving physical contact.

A silent gesture from your dog goes a long way with your emotions.

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2.They Make You Laugh

After moving to a new country the one thing I missed the most were my cats. Watching videos on YouTube allowed me to channel the motherly instinct and seek comfort in virtual reality. Our pets look at us as their heroes, they’re excited to see us and be with us. Their antics make us laugh and allow us to bond with them.

Our pets have the capability to make us laugh uncontrollably, which allows us to let go of our stress and frustration from the real world. This reduces the feeling of sadness and loneliness, the presence of another being makes it all worthwhile. Haven’t you watched those videos on Instagram or Youtube, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have them in your lives?

3.They Are Instinctive

Have you had a bad day and wished someone would ask you what’s wrong? Wouldn’t it be better if someone could pick up the terrible aura around you that’s making you sad? Have you ever thought that it would be amazing if your friends or family could notice your emotional queue’s when you’re having a hard time talking about it?

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Animals have proven to possess a niche of noticing emotions. They tend to understand when you’re feeling excited and when you’re feeling the weights of the world. This allows them to relate and adjust their actions when they’re around you.

Sometimes a small paw tapping on your back, allows your tears to flow much easier.

4.They Encourage You To Be Social

Every pet owner could relate to this very last statement even though your conversations would often times revolve around your pets but it will create the confidence in you to socialize with others. For those who used to be introverted or find it hard to socialize with people, this creates an impact, which allows you to share your opinions with confidence and create a life you desire.

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In many cases this becomes the criteria with which you’re measured in your dating life, you will feel people are much more attracted to and appreciative of you. This is due to the effect that having pets makes a mean person look kind. Therefore having a pet takes you out of your comfort zone. It moves you away from your routine binge waching television into interacting with people outside your home.

In many ways having, a pet allows you to create the life you desire, it gives you the opportunity to smile more and the constant presence of barking and meows allows you to think of something else. For someone who’s depressed, creating a mental diversion is one thing that helps to avoid feeling gloom.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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