TV vet Dr Katrina Warren says pets help to reduce stress.
TV vet Dr Katrina Warren says pets help to reduce stress.

Relax with pets

TODAY is the perfect day to take time out for yourself and let all those worries slip away.

Lifeline Ambassador Dr Katrina Warren was urging Australians to be a part of this year’s Stress Down Day, simply by paying extra attention to pets.

“Stroking a pet is a proven antidote to stress, with researchers finding that people talking to and petting a dog have lower blood pressure than when they interact with another person,” Dr Warren said.

“Given that over 60% of Australian households own a pet, it would seem that one of the solutions to stress may be right on our doorstep, or perhaps asleep in front of the heater.”

Stress Down Day aims to reduce the burden of stress on the community while raising funds.

“We are urging Australians to take time out and have a little fun (today) by ‘dressing to stress less’,” Lifeline’s Brendan Maher said. If you are feeling stressed, Mr Maher said there were simple things you could do to relax.

“Stress doesn’t just affect high-flying executives. Everyone from young children to retired people can experience stress and it is important that we all learn to recognise it and take simple steps to manage it,” Dr Warren said.

“I find one of the best ways to relieve stress is taking Riley for a big walk.”


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