Adopt A Pet

Stress Relief Tool – Adopt A Pet

There is something very soothing about petting a cat or a dog after a long and stressful day.

Many years ago, I did some digital marketing work for a pet products company. I had a lot of fun being creative and less conservative in my messaging versus my business-to-business experience. One thing from this industry that I learned was that many pet owners spend more money on their pet’s health than they do on their own health.

At first, I was surprised, but then when I thought more about it, I wasn’t surprised at all because having a pet can provide many benefits including:

  • Comfort – there is something very soothing about petting a cat or a dog after a long and stressful day.
  • Companionship – whether you are an empty nester or live on your own, having a pet in the house gives you a companion who provides you love, and can listen without judgement if you need to get something off your chest.
  • Increasing your self-esteem – studies from the American Psychological Association have shown that pet owners have higher self-esteem and can rebound from rejection better.
  • Helping you live in the moment – my cat Leo is a master at this. He seems to know when I am working hard at my desk, and he comes and jumps on my lap (even during live podcast recordings) and wants to snuggle. This is a great reminder that I should be grateful for this time with him and that my work can wait a few minutes while I take a much needed break.

If you are not sure whether you can commit to having a pet full-time, consider being a foster parent for an animal shelter. That gives you the opportunity to test-drive whether having a pet is right for you, and whether or not caring for a pet provides you with much-needed stress relief.

Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.


Patrick Tinney

Adopting a pet is a stress reducer. Even owning a Hamster will bolster your stress reducers. As a child I was really into tropical fish and I would watch them like television before going to sleep. I miss those tank days!! Thank you so much for this article Prof Pete!! My Best, Pat

Professor Pete Alexander

You are very welcome Pat – thank you so much for reading and commenting!

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