Wednesday January 29, 2020

Spending Some Time with Any Animal or Pet Can Help Reduce Stress

Why cow? Any animal can help you remain stress free

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Pets give us the love and support we need to help cope with psychological conditions.

Not just the cow but spending some time with any animal or pet at home can keep you calm and relaxed, say doctors.

Reacting to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s comment that rubbing a cow, from the back towards the neck, can cure your blood pressure, Dr B.M. Doda, senior physician at Walia Nursing and Maternity Home in Delhi, said that any pet can calm you and, may be, keep your blood pressure in check.

“There is nothing special about cows as spending quality time with any animal will keep your stress-free,” Doda told IANS.

Several studies have suggested in the past that when we live in a constant state of fight-or-flight from ongoing stress at work and the frenetic pace of modern life, physical changes take their toll on our bodies, including raising our risk of heart disease and other dangerous conditions.

Animals can serve as a source of comfort and support. Contact with pets seems to counter this stress response by lowering stress hormones and heart rate.

According to the latest research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, people who have a pet have healthier hearts, are homesick less often and make fewer visits to the doctor.

“Relations with pets tend to be less complicated than those with humans, and pets are often a source of great enjoyment. Pixabay

How do animals help? One study says that pets boost our oxytocin levels.

The “bonding hormone” enhances social skills, decreases blood pressure and heart rate, boosts immune function and raises tolerance for pain. It also lowers stress, anger and depression.

Twitter users, however, slammed Thakur’s other claim that she was a cancer patient and was cured after she consumed cow’s urine along with “panchgavya” mixed with ayurvedic herbs.

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“I’m a doctor too. And no, stroking a cow won’t relieve high blood pressure. And cancer? Certainly not. Believing in one’s culture isn’t about talking senselessly,” tweeted a Twitter user that goes by the name of @shreyaamishra07.

“No amount of belief can excuse the kind of unverified, non-scientific claims that Sadhvi Pragya is propagating as a cure for cancer,” tweeted @tapasya_s.

The crux of the matter is, when it comes to living life stress-free, keep a pet at home as you do not have to specially visit a gaushala for that. (IANS)

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94% Middle School Teachers Experience High Levels Of Stress, Says Study

According to the study, only six per cent of middle school teachers reported low levels of stress and high coping ability

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Reducing the burden of teaching, experienced by so many teachers, is critical to improving student success -- both academically and behaviourally, the research added. Pixabay

Teachers and parents, please take a note. Researchers have found that 94 per cent of middle school teachers experience high levels of stress, which could contribute to negative outcomes for the students.

Reducing the burden of teaching, experienced by so many teachers, is critical to improving student success — both academically and behaviourally, the research added.

The study, which expands on work that looks at stress among elementary school teachers, provides additional evidence that teacher-stress might lead to negative outcomes for the students. “Unfortunately, our findings suggest many teachers are not getting the support they need to adequately cope with the stressors of their jobs,” said study researcher Keith Herman from the University of Missouri in the US.

“The evidence is clear that teacher stress is related to student success, so it is critical that we find ways to reduce stressful school environments while also helping teachers cope with the demands of their jobs,” Herman added.

For the findings, published in the Journal of School Psychology, the research team studied data collected from nine middle schools in two neighbouring urban school districts in the Midwest. Factors analysed included self-reported levels of teacher stress and coping, student disruptive and pro-social behaviour, and parent involvement.

The researchers found that nearly all teachers reported high stress. They also found that teachers varied in the ways they coped with stress. The largest group, 66 per cent, reported high stress and high coping. Nearly one third of the participants, 28 per cent, reported high stress and low coping.

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Teachers and parents, please take a note. Researchers have found that 94 per cent of middle school teachers experience high levels of stress, which could contribute to negative outcomes for the students. Pixabay

According to the study, only six per cent of middle school teachers reported low levels of stress and high coping ability. “There are research-based tools that can help screen and identify teachers who might be at risk for problems related to stress, coping and the risk of burnout,” Herman said.

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“Knowing what we know about how teacher stress can impact students, it is imperative that district and school leaders examine policies and practices that make the job less burdensome while also supporting teachers’ well-being,” Herman added. (IANS)