Is stress all bad? That’s what we have been trying to find out.
There is much chatter about stress, how negative it is, how it puts cats, and humans, under terrible pressure. We’ve been doing some reading and find, our fellow felines might be surprised to hear, that not all stress is a bad thing. Seriously, even coping with our own family fluffhead, Phoebe Kitten, can be seen as a positive! *eyeroll*
“Positive Stress happens when a cat is doing something it wants to do, and which needs all its skills and resources to get the job done. The same applies to humans!”
Here’s an example, when Phoebe suggested a blog post idea to me recently. Do you remember the post about BlogPaws® and yarn? I was whisker deep in work, under pressure, but doing something we at Team Dash love to do – blogging for our readers! I had to bring into play judgement skills, assess if the post was worth reading and check Phoebe’s spelling and incorporate it into the schedule. It was more work, but work I was loving! This is positive stress.
When a cat or a human challenges themselves in a good way, we can all do good things. Our minds work better, clearer and faster without us even realising it. Why? Because we are being creative and using our minds well under positive stress. For positive stress links – see the bottom of our post.
“Be nice to yourself. It’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you.” Christine Arylo, Author
We know not all Stress is bad but, how do you tell when you are stressed?
So, what about negative stress? We are all, I’m sure, familiar with the downside of stress coming from bad times. Do any of these sound familiar :-
- Being snappy with best pals, or fur family members.
- Nibbling nails (a human thing)
- Feeling overwhelmed – cats and humans
- Hiding away – cats and humans
- Hiding from a problem – definitely a human thing.
A cat or human can be badly stressed, or even depressed. Take care of these warning signs in your humans! You are no psychiatrist but you can encourage your human into a better mental place. Remember guys, there is no substitute for speaking to a vet or Dr. if serious issues are involved, but for those temporary low moments try these tips :-
- Look out of the window, make sure your human is watching. Be fascinated by ‘outside’ so much so your human will go outside and look for themselves. The aim:- get them into the fresh air, maybe take a walk and get a different mental view. A bus ride to town, a visit to the library maybe.
- Get them chatting to a friend by doing funny stuff, or being super clever. The aim:- get your human to talk to someone and maybe feel less alone, especially if its someone they can express worries to.
- Be there for your human. The aim:- In the darkest moment a purr may bring balance and hope, get them through a brief sad or scary time.
References for Stress:-
The Positive Effects of Stress – HealthGuidance.org
Researchers Find Out Why Some Stress is Good for You – Berkeley.edu
Types of Stressors (Eustress v. Distress) – MentalHelp.net