Pets are a great prescription for low feelings!

Posted on 2020-10-01 12:43:45

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Many people are feeling low owing to the social constrictions of the Covid 19 pandemic. ‘Feeling low’ is not the same thing as real depression, which is much more unpleasant and serious, but it is nonetheless something that one wants to get over as soon as possible. Before reaching for medication, one is well advised to try a range of ways for getting to a place where one has a feeling that one is coping pretty well.

Top of the list these days is “Reduce social media contact” unless you are already confident that you have this under control. If you feel compelled to check your mobile for social messages within fifteen minutes of waking up every morning, that’s a warning sign of addiction. If you habitually place your mobile in full sight on the table when you’re having coffee with a friend, because you want to respond to social messages instantly, that’s another… and not very polite anyway.

Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Avoid caffeine after early afternoon. Choose to meditate to induce calmness and reduce stress. Look up the research of Dr Dawson Church on the Internet and watch excellent videos that give clear guidance about his effective Ecomeditation and use of EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).He is a scientist of renown, an author of excellent books, and a warm communicator.

Eat well and exercise regularly. Walking and climbing stairs are good. Here is where having a dog really helps. Going for a walk creates such ecstatic pleasure in a dog that you’ll find yourself enjoying being the creator of such happiness.

Don’t swallow medications every time you have a mild headache or minor pain. Research natural methods of dealing with chronic pain and don’t allow pain to become the focus of your life. Discover what you are able to manage to do and try to do a bit more every day. Become alert to what triggers pain in injured or vulnerable areas of the body, like bad posture at the computer.

Build strong friendships. Avoid toxic people. Learn to recognise the signs. Someone who constantly talks unkindly about other people will do the same about you. And if you frequently feel less optimistic and cheerful after being in that person’s company, try to reduce contact time without seeming standoffish.

And stroke and talk to your pet a lot. It’s great for both of you!



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