Monday, 11 September 2017

Can having a pet help reduce your stress levels?

Many people have observed that their stress levels drop when they have a pet. Various organisations such as Pets As Therapy and Veterans With Dogs have used this knowledge for years, bringing pets to vulnerable people, and seeing excellent results in mood improvement. Those who own a dog are also far less likely to die within a year of having a heart attack than those who don't [1]. Peer-reviewed science is now backing these observations up.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Effective approaches to stress management


I believe that there are three main approaches to dealing with stress. These are (i) resolving the issue that's causing the stress, (ii) learning new ways to cope with the situation so you perceive it as less stressful and (iii) improving your resilience so stress bothers you less generally. These are, of course, are pretty sweeping statements, so let’s have a look at them more closely now.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Teachers and stress

A lot is written at this time of year about helping children to beat exam stress, and very soon we'll start on the topic of how to ease your child into school for the first time. I've written about these topics myself (follow the links). But what about the teachers whose job it is to keep our children safe, learning and happy?

Monday, 8 May 2017

A free stress reduction visualisation


Elsewhere on this blog you'll find some ideas about how you can help yourself if your stress levels are high.  Using you imagination is another way of doing this because what you imagine begins to feel real. This is the same as reading a book, or watching a film - you feel sad, happy, scared or joyous according to what's going on in the story even though your rational mind tells you 'It's not real'. So, if you imagine peaceful and calm thoughts and feelings, they feel real as well.