Pets Provide Life Balance
Executive Coach Victoria Trabosh teaches the value of life balance and how to create happiness as a way of influencing optimum health. One of the resources for joy, happiness, exercise and life balance is our beloved pets. All too often they sit on the sofa while we run around doing chores, working late, and stressing out. Here are some benefits of tapping into the unconditional love of our pets.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted heart-related studies on people who have pets. The findings showed that pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels -- all of which can ultimately minimize their risk for having a heart attack down the road. For those who have already experienced a heart attack, research also indicates that patients with a dog or a cat tend to have better recovery rates. These benefits are thought to be connected with pets' tendency to help reduce or at least control their owners' overall stress levels.
What if pet ownership is not an option?
1. Volunteer at a shelter even if it’s only once a month.