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Stress-Busting Tips For Your Pet and You

Animals are good for our health. Research studies have confirmed that connecting with an animal whether stroking a cat or walking a dog or grazing a horse can not only improve our physical condition but also enhance our sense of well-being. But did you know that it’s a two-way street that what we experience and feel as human beings can impact, for better or for worse, the animals in our lives?

Because of the close bond between people and their animals, they feel what we feel including stress and worries. In fact, many animals that I work with at Spirit-to-Spirit are exhibit behavioral, emotional, and physical symptoms that stem from family stress. Whether working on the phone with clients or in my visits to animal shelters, I am focusing more of my sessions on stress-busting techniques designed to soothe both two-legged and four-legged beings. Breaking this cycle requires intervention and, more importantly, prevention.

So, what can we do to “de-stress” when worries get us (and our animals) down? Here are a few suggestions:

Create a More Relaxing Environment

Make a conscious decision to leave your stress at the door. As much as possible, let go of your worries when you return home. Turn on soothing music or, better yet, leave the radio tuned to a low-keyed musical style for your inside animal to enjoy while you are away. Create a more relaxing you. After entering, take a moment to breathe deeply. Let the simple act of breathing help clear your mind and body of the tensions of the day. The more you release your own tension, the less your animal will take it on for you and perpetuate the cycle of stress.

Create a More Relaxing Animal

Take a few quiet moments to talk, stroke or play with your animal; this will help both of you feel more relaxed. If your animal is a dog, be sure to head outside for vigorous walks or trips to the dog park. Communing with nature and social interaction with others are great stressbusters.

It’s important to remember that when we humans are energetically more balanced, our animals are too. And when animals aren’t shouldering our concerns, they are healthier, happier, and better able to feed our spirits and take good care of us.

Spirit-to-Spirit was founded more than twenty years ago by Joanna Seere, a trained animal communicator and spiritual healer. Visit

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