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.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 30 years of Sales and Marketing 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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