For most of us a work day ending doesn’t mean “quitting time.” After a hard day’s work, you can’t just rush home right away, sit back on the sofa, and kick your feet up. After long hours of paper sorting, tedious analysis, and hours of work, the average person cannot simply relax knowing that there are still more things to be done in the house. Eight hours at the office is followed by more domestic tasks such as cleaning the living room, washing the dishes, or doing the laundry. Being at home is just like doing another work shift, but without the need to wear that tie or long-heeled pair of Pradas.
If you’re like me, always looking for natural ways to relax. Here is some information on how animals, their companionship, and sounds, have been scientifically proven to be a natural relaxation method.
Unlike being in the office, there is a great consolation to doing housework. Doing more work at home allows you to enjoy the benefits of being in the company of loved ones. As a bonus, pet lovers can also enjoy being with a friendly companion which helps you get over all the stress and anxiety at the office. Having a pet, like having a family, can be a real stress-buster.
Medical studies show that petting an animal can act as anxiety relief. Having a pet helps lower blood pressure and soothes the emotions after a hectic day. The company of pets gives a person a state of serenity and relaxation. Endorphins, the human hormone that kills pain, are released easier when a person is more relaxed state like when they are in the company of their pet.
However, there are still some that criticize the effectiveness of animal-assisted therapy. They say that therapy using animals are not as effective as taking anxiety medications. They contend that “there is still no compelling scientific evidence that proves that animal-assisted therapy is a legitimate therapy or just an answer to a fleeting mood.”
Studies also say that dolphin vocalizations, or the sound being produced by these continental shelf dwellers, act as anxiety relief which can also lower blood pressures and induce calm thoughts. These specialized dolphin organs located below their blow-holes can treat mild depression, psychological problems, and developmental disabilities. These carnivorous mammals that actually feed on squid and fish are not your usual household pets. Still, they are used to conduct studies on animal-assisted therapy for human beings. Dolphin vocalizations are now being fused to classical music to produce mind-relaxing audio forms.
Bird songs are also natural anxiety relief because they deliver a sense of calm and serenity to the listener. Listening to the chirping birds can also relieve your mind from stress and anxiety. Psychiatrists and behavioral experts point out that petting such animals or listening to their natural sounds can be an effective way to promote emotional health and physical rejuvenation.
Whether you choose bird or dolphin sounds, or just spending time with your beloved pet, I wish you a happy and relaxing summer.