Meet Dr. Diana's Newest Family Member: The Stress-Relieving Puppy

I'm absolutely thrilled to share some heartwarming news with the Amazing Over 40 community. Just this week, I welcomed a sweet, playful puppy named Rudy into my life. This little furball has brought an immediate burst of joy and warmth into my world, and, in more ways than one, has inspired me to explore a topic that's incredibly close to my heart - the remarkable stress-relieving power of pets.

As many of you may know, life often hands us stress, and it's no different for me. Stress has a way of triggering cortisol, which we all know as the "stress hormone." It's fantastic when we need that quick boost to tackle life's curveballs. But in today's fast-paced world, chronic stress has become all too common, and it can take a toll on our hormonal balance. For women, it might manifest as more hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, and mood swings, while gentlemen, you're not immune either – chronic stress can lead to lower testosterone levels, leaving you feeling tired and blue.

Now, let's get to the heart of the matter. Our four-legged companions, especially our beloved dogs, have a superpower - they are stress-busters extraordinaire. Research has shown that pets can significantly reduce cortisol levels in our bodies, and they come bearing a treasure trove of benefits for our health.

Here's what I want to share with you, inspired by the insights of the American Heart Association:

1. Reducing Stress, Anxiety, and Depression:

Pets, especially dogs, have been proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. They are like natural mood boosters, lifting your spirits even on the toughest days.

2. Easing Loneliness:

Our furry friends are always there for us, offering companionship that eases loneliness. The bond we share with our pets provides a sense of goodwill, joy, nurturing, and happiness.

3. Encouraging Physical Activity:

Having a pet, like Rudy, gives you a reason to get outside, breathe in some fresh air, and stay active. Just like in the video you're about to see of me walking Rudy, these moments are not only beneficial for your body but also contribute to a happier mood, better sleep, and overall mental well-being.

Walking training with the dog trainer!

4. Lowering Blood Pressure and Reducing Heart Disease Risk:

Believe it or not, studies show that people with dogs tend to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop heart disease. The oxytocin and dopamine released when you play with your dog create positive feelings and a strong bond between you and your pet.

With Rudy by my side, I'm here to remind you to be Amazing Over 40! Stress is a part of life, but by connecting with your four-legged friend, you can achieve a win-win for both your pet and yourself.

Now, I'd love to hear from you. What's your favorite thing about your pet? Share something special or quirky about your beloved fur friend, and let's continue this conversation.

- In health and happiness

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  • Yes,absolutely!!! My husband and I have had a tough 2023 with his health issues, as well as a leak that left our first floor gutted for 8 months. Our Ozzie, Bonnie, and puppy Talitha kept us sane and laughing. I had trained Bonnie’s mom Lego, and Bonnie and we worked as therapy dog teams. (We recently lost Bonnie; that was a true heartbreak.) Tali helped yet again. She is now a certified therapy dog with Scripps Hospitals, and Pawsitive Teams of San Diego, and us. There is proven power in their soft fur, wet noses, and loving eyes!

    Laura Lotz
  • Maya, our Sable German shepherd is sooo sweet…and funny. She makes us laugh! Sooo smart we of course attribute human qualities to her. Also seems to Spence when one is upset. Exercise partner/protective always…probably safer in the hills with her than another human! And never angry even after a bath, always thrilled to see us after a30 min absence 🐾🐾🐕‍🦺

    Kathie Rosvall

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