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Stress, Stress, baby!

Have you ever wanted to do something so bad you felt in down in your soul, but when the moment came about you begin to sweat, the room starts to spin, your mouth goes dry, or maybe you start feeling your heart race and you feel like you're going to crawl out of your skin? It seems like the older I get the worse my anxiety gets and panic attacks, well, I bet I could tell you some stories. When I was much younger I just don't remember having these issues. Granted do deal with some PTSD from some trauma in my younger years and I've had my fair share of psychotherapy, medications, hypnosis, different types of behavior therapies, you name it. Yet no matter what I try, I can't seem to kick the trips down anxiety hill or through panic mountain. Please I don't want anyone to think I am making light of any of this because I live it every day! I have children that live it every day, as well as other family members. It is a struggle all to real to man folks unfortunately. I think everyone deals with it differently and has different levels of it.

Personally for myself, I can sit and talk to someone about it, scratch at myself until I break skin, pull at my hair and start to hyper ventilate, reach for that magic pill that is suppose to make everything better, but what I have found that works for me the most is a good long run and my pets! If I could take my dog with me everywhere I went, oh what a DE-stressor that would be for me! Not to mention they are excellent readers of people. I would automatically know whether or not I really needed to be engaging with another person or not. Boy wouldn't that save everyone some stress and hair! I don't know what it is, but there's something about the unconditional love of an dog/cat, the fundamental repetitive petting of the animal, the warmth they offer, and the safety one may feel when their pet is near. Sometimes there are no words for me when it comes to my animals, they are more to me than pets, they are my family! Many many not understand that, and that's okay. We are all different!

I believe animals, (I'm a sucker for dogs), teach us things about being a better person,

they sooth us much like meditation and feed our soul like prayer. I would have to say, dogs, to me are the perfect example or role model of what we as humans should strive to stand for: decent, honest, unconditional love, faithful, understanding, teachable, reliable, friendly, warm soul! I hope if you have a furry family friend you celebrate them! If if don't hopefully you know of a furry friend you can celebrate near or far! Here are our furry family members... Meet Jack, Doc, Annabelle (the dogs) and Corbin Dallas, Loki, ( the cats) Sora, my sons cat also hangs with us, but was not available for her photoshoot at the time of publication! Too the Fur babies!!

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