Beat the January Blues

Neo_dolly_napping.jpgJanuary. Cold. Busy. Stressful. I find this time of year brings resolutions and change, some sleepless nights, busy days and less and less time to relax. But even though things get busy and I think I just don't have time for one more thing, along comes Neo and he looks up at me and starts talking to me. It's really no wonder that owning a cat has been linked to lower heart disease.

Just seeing his face, and petting his soft fur, then hearing that purr start up makes me breathe a little deeper and relax a bit. Just this afternoon, I had just got off a call that added about 20 large projects to my to do list and was feeling very stressed. As if he sensed my distress, Neo came along and sat down on the floor beside my chair. He looked up at me and meowed and yawned at the same time, which made me laugh.

Neo_one_leg_hanging_over.jpgHe then jumped up on my lap and started kneading my neck and purring. He got really comfortable and settled in expecting to be petted for a long time. I petted him for a few minutes and I could just feel the stress leave my body. Then he jumped down and I went back to my work feeling renewed and ready to tackle the tasks left for the day.

It's like I have my own little 10 pound massage therapist living with me. I suggest the next time you are feeling stressed or upset, go find your cat and pet him and cuddle him. You'll be surprised how good it will make you feel! Comment below about times your cat has been a stress reliever for you.

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