Browsing articles from "September, 2017"
Sep 25, 2017
Penny

It’s Official: Cats Make Great Pets

The question of whether cats or dogs make the better pet is an eternal argument that will likely never be solved to anyone’s satisfaction. However, we come here today not to belittle dogs, but simply to praise cats. Millions of people around the world know that cats are great pets; if have not already discovered this yourself, the following information might help change your mind.

They are independent

Frankly, dogs are a lot of work. You have to walk them a few times a day and most of them cannot be left alone for long periods of time. Let’s say you get held up at work and are going to be a few hours late coming home. For dogs, this can be a catastrophe, but for a cat, well, they might not even notice. Need to go away for the weekend? You have to you to take your dog with you or make arrangements for someone to look after it. When it comes to cats, it is just a matter of leaving out some extra food and water.

Purrrrrring

Dogs can be one of the affectionate creatures around and have amusingly expressive faces. Cats are not quite their equal in either of those areas, but they have one amazing secret weapon that dogs lack: purring. A cat’s purr can be remarkably soothing and appealing, especially when the rest your day has royally sucked.

They are trainable

People like to joke that cats are essentially untrainable; they do what they want when they want and nobody is going to change that. However, it is possible to train a cat, you just have to be especially patient. You will never get a cat to retrieve a ball or bring you the newspaper in the morning, but you can actually train them to go for a walk and do other rudimentary things. So give it a try!

Sep 15, 2017
Penny

Hobbies are Therapeutic

Most everyone has a hobby, but how many do you think realize just how important it is to their lives? Have you ever honestly thought about the value that your hobby adds? Here are just a few of the things that having a hobby can do for you:

A sense of calm

So many of us nowadays are stressed and perpetually in a hurry. It never seems like there are enough hours in the day to get things done, while also finding some time for ourselves to unwind and smell the roses. Having a hobby allows you to have time to get away from it all and engage in something you find relaxing and rewarding.

Meeting new people

Some hobbies can be solitary in nature, but most are practised by many people in the world. That means that your particular hobby can act as a way for you to meet new people and expand your friendship circle. Such associations can not only improve the depth and quality of your hobby, they can also enrich your life.

Hobbies help with depression

People who suffer from chronic depression often feel that their life is going nowhere and they are accomplishing nothing worthwhile. Having a hobby allows you to not only accomplish something, but something that is of particular importance to you. That can help to make up for any voids you feel in your life, such as an unsatisfying job, unsuccessful relationships, etc. Hobbies also allow you to remain in the present moment, something that many therapists find to be an effective natural remedy for depression.

Hobbies provide structure

Are you the type of person who has trouble adhering to a schedule? Practising a hobby on a regular basis can help you significantly with that, especially if you do it with other people.

Sep 6, 2017
Penny

Have Trouble With Your Temper?

We all get angry every once in a while, but if you find yourself getting upset constantly, then you may have an anger problem. This issue can have serious consequences, such as acts of violence, and can drive a significant wedge between you and your loved ones.

Here are some things you can try if you feel anger is a growing problem:

Walk Away

If you feel a situation heating up and your blood pressure rising, do yourself a favor and walk away from it. Good solutions rarely happen when the people involved are upset, so you are better off just leaving and coming back to it later when you feel calmer.

Take Some Deep Breaths

It sounds too simple to work, but taking deep breathes and slowly exhaling is a very effective way to make yourself calm down. You can heighten the effect by closing your eyes during the process.

Exercise

In addition to being good for you, exercise is a great way to work out your aggression. If you feel that anger rising, take the edge off by going for a good, long run.

Let Things Go

It can be very tempting to hold a grudge when you are angry, but that just perpetuates the problem. Try to put things in the past by not dwelling on them.

See a Therapist

As mentioned above, regular bouts of anger can have a terrible effect on you and the people around you. If you are feeling that your emotions are regularly out of balance, and you can’t correct the issue on your own, make an appointment to see a therapist. He or she will talk to you about the problem, determine what your triggers are, and discuss how you can work together on a treatment strategy that will help you achieve a better emotional balance.