Pets, the Key to Relaxation!

by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society

Relaxation is defined as: The state of being free from tension and anxiety.

It’s not always an easy thing to accomplish in our busy lives; between our jobs, families and responsibilities, it’s hard to take the time to just “be.”

Sometimes we just need to take a life lesson from a dog. Relax, put your paws up and take a snooze!

The best way for me to relax is to cozy up on the couch with my animals. One cat in my lap where I can pet him, my dog curled up at my feet and the other cat up on the top of the couch. I ask Alexa to play some smooth jazz, light a candle, grab a cup of hot tea and voila, I can just “be.”

It’s been said that petting an animal is as therapeutic as meditation and can quickly help lower blood pressure. It’s hard to feel tension or anxiety with animals around you so I guess you could say they are the key to relaxation, at least they are for me.

They’re not worried about my deadlines at work, the bills that need to be paid, the house that needs to be cleaned; they just want to lay there with me and relax. Before long they’re all asleep, and I’m looking at them and thinking how lucky and blessed I am to have such great “therapists.”

Of course, reality always sets in, and I know I have to get up and get back to the real world. I’ll go to move my cat off my lap and he looks at me like, “you’re not going anywhere lady… we’re not done here and whatever you have to do, can wait!” He’s right, and there I sit; it feels so good!

Even taking my dog for a walk is relaxing. Taking a break from the computer and talking to her as we walk is very therapeutic. I come back feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work.

Life is about balance. You don’t always have to get things done. Sometimes it’s perfectly OK, and necessary, to shut down, kick back and relax.

If you’re looking for a furry friend to help you do just that, visit www.yavapaihumane.org and check out the precious animals who need you as much as you need them.