Today is “Bring your dog to work day” and there have been many studies that show how interacting with an animal is effective in reducing stress and anxiety.
Playing with an animal or petting an animal can decrease the levels of the stress hormone cortisol whilst increasing the levels of the ‘feel good’ hormone, oxytocin. Reducing stress levels stress can also have a beneficial effect on physical health. A 2001 study found pet-owning patients with high blood pressure were able to keep their blood pressure lower during periods of mental stress than those patients without pets.
If pet ownership is not possible, an alternative way of reducing stress is using with hypnotherapy. With hypnotherapy, you can learn to cope with stress in a different way through relaxation.
For stress busting relaxation session with an experienced West Yorkshire hypnotherapist, contact Jill and book your appointment.