Category Archives: Health

Information about Psychological and Physical Health.

The Positive Impacts of Having a Pet

The Positive Impacts of Having a Pet

As I open the door to my house, I hear several paws scampering down the stairs. Two beagles run towards me smiling from ear to ear as they launch their wagging bodies onto me. I am met with this level of excitement every single day. This is by far one of my favorite parts of the day. Not only is it great to be met with so much exuberance, but there are also many other perks including significant health benefits to having a pet.

Having a pet helps to foster unconditional love and responsibility.

“Studies going back to the early 1980’s support the idea that dogs—and other pets—have enormous health benefits for people. Pets have been shown to lower blood pressure, improve recovery from heart disease, and even reduce rates of asthma and allergy in children who grow up with a Fido or a Frisky in the house. Pets also improve people’s psychological well-being and self-esteem” (Junge & MacDonald).

Research indicates that pets are a powerful source in helping reduce harmful stress hormones such as cortisol and actually help to increase endorphins and dopamine. In fact, more and more dogs are being trained as therapy dogs to help reduce stress in clients.

Even though pets have many benefits to your mental health, having pets can be hard work, and careful consideration should be given prior to taking on the responsibility.

Pets can definitely be cute and cuddly, but they should also be treated well, given proper care, and trained to be able to be good members of the family.

Written By: Chelsey Beauchamp, MS

Awareness in Business With a Diary

Awareness in Business With a Diary

Is keeping a diary really good for business? According to the Harvard Business Review, the answer appears to be yes. Awareness can equal productivity in business. According to a recent study, workers felt increased levels of focus, patience, planning, and personal growth as a result of being asked to keep a daily diary while working on…

Suicide Myths That Every Educator And Parent Should Know

Suicide Myths That Every Educator And Parent Should Know

Suicide in America is not age specific. Sadly, teen suicide has become an American epidemic. Adults are no longer the only ones that experience mental health issues, millions of children in our country struggle with mental illness. One of the biggest challenges that face schools, parents, and medical professionals in identifying children who may be…

Your Child & A Scar – How to Help Address Differences in Appearance

Your Child & A Scar – How to Help Address Differences in Appearance

Recently, I had a mom contact me with a specific scenario in which she needed help for her daughter. Her elementary aged child had recently had surgery and was refusing to go out in public due to her new, very visible, scar. The young girl was worried how people would react to her new appearance…

Create Your Own Luck

Create Your Own Luck

“You’re so lucky!” This phrase gets thrown around a lot when others share good news, big plans, or positive things in their lives. We are quick to attribute positives to luck, while we may be more likely to attribute negatives to our own personal shortcomings. While there are some situations and blessings that just drop into…

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