Workweeks are really stressful, there’s no question to it. Although work is important, nothing is more important than your health. A high stress level can lead to multiple physical and psychological illness that could only contribute to you inability to become more productive or worse, death.
One of the best ways to reduce stress is through kitten therapy. Kitten therapy is having to interact with kittens in an environment different from your work. In this video, a few adults are exposed to kitten therapy and asked how it has affected their stress level. Watch the video here:
But how does kitten therapy help with your stress level?
Studies show that interacting with animals trigger the production of oxytocin in our bodies. Oxytocin is a feel good hormone that helps in reducing anxiety and increases trust. It is the same hormone that affects the social distance between male and female human beings and develops romantic attractions. This means that interacting with animals like kittens makes you get the feeling of being loved. They also help minimize the stress induced spikes in blood pressure. It could also help reduce the risk of heart attacks and other pulmonary diseases as well as stroke.
In addition to oxytocin, playing with cats can also help increase seratonin and dopamine production in the brain, which are both natural antidepressants. This could help lower the risks of developing depression and anxiety.
Playing with kittens also fulfills the basic human need to touch. Because of the soft fur of the kittens, people are comforted just by touching them, resulting to a more calming and relaxing sensation.
Because kittens are naturally playful, many would be delighted with their behavior. Laughter could also help reduce stress levels as well as provide a more positive perspective in life.
To experience the effects of kitten therapy, try watching the video below for a virtual kitten therapy experience.