You Look Stressed...
“You look stressed. What’s up?”
“Long week at work. My boss is on me about all kinds of stuff. Clients are driving me crazy. My car needs a new transmission. The roof on the house is leaking. The cat has fleas. And I don’t have an extra second in the day to deal with any of it.”
“You need to remember to treat every stressful situation like a dog. If you can’t eat it or play with it, just pee on it and walk away.”
“Thanks, Boomer. You always find a way to make me laugh. My stress level just decreased a little.”
“Good, but you know I was joking, right? If you pee on your boss you WILL get fired.”
All smiles. Definitely STRESS FREE. [Adam and Anne Ross, and Riley]
Stress is something that we all encounter. How we react to it determines how it affects our lives in the long term. Many times we forget to slow down and take a breath. We forget to enjoy our lives and not stress out about things we just can’t change. Luckily for us, we have these amazing, four-legged, furry companions by our side (and if you don’t have one, get one!).
I won’t get into the science of it all. If you want to dig deeper for a better understanding of the endocrine system and stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine a quick google search will, I’m sure, result in thousands, if not millions, of results.
The science of what causes stress and how it affects your body isn’t what’s important here. It’s the fact that the animals we love make such a difference in so many areas of our lives. There is science behind it all, such as the studies that have proven petting a dog actually causes your body to release oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, all hormones that help combat the stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. But generally, owning pets gives us a reason to get out of the house and be more active, which helps to reduce stress. They force us to find a daily routine that helps to reduce stress. Dogs not only provide companionship for us, but they help us meet new people. They’re always there for us and provide us with someone to talk to who just listens, and sometimes that’s all we need. They’ll most definitely always provide you with a good laugh or smile. Don’t let stress get you so far down that you forget to spend time with your pets. You need them, and they need you. What better way to enhance your life and the life of your pets than spending quality time with each other?
It's National Stress Awareness Day. Maybe some pictures of the Hollywood Feed corporate office staff with their beloved pets will help reduce some of your stress. If not, go find your furry companion and enjoy some play time with them!
At Hollywood Feed, we are lucky to be able to bring our four-legged companions to work with us every day. We can't imagine a job without that privilege. They bring so much laughter and happiness to an otherwise windowless and busy office.
It's not always about being at the office. The staff loves to get outside and spend time with their pets. Anne Ross, Brittany Gilliam, and Jean McGhee participated in the Fast and Furriest 5K to help raise money for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.
Our are members of our families. They help take care of us when we aren't feeling so well and definitely lift our spirits. [Davis McGhee and Guss]
It doesn't matter what kind of furry friend they are...dog, cat, horse, or goat... [Billie Claire Darby and Sloane]
Or even a chicken! [Brittany Gilliam and Gloria]
They're always there for us if we need a little love... [Shannon Hartledge and Peso]
They accompany us on outdoor adventures...[Michael Egner and Ellie]
Babysit our kids. I'm totally just kidding...kinda...maybe! No...totally joking! ;)
They bring smiles to our faces at work...[John Sanders and Fitz]
Give us a lift whenever we need it...[Greg McBride and Dude]
And run along side us until we reach the finish line in that 5K race. [Kent and Kay Wills and Annie]
Whether they've only been with us a few months, or many years, we are "animal people" and share a special bond with our four-legged friends. One that makes our days brighter and less stressful. [Laura Carter and George]
- Billie Claire Darby