Living with a narcissist demands constant, careful monitoring of my every word. A momentary slipup could result in an explosive episode of narcissistic rage. Therefore, I fortify myself with a cracker box full of parrot phrases to appease the narcissist in my home.
When I started believing that evil agents were hacking into my cell phone and breaking into my home, my little dog Muffy sensed that something was wrong with me. Early in the throes of my psychotic episode, Muffy eased my stress.
I live with a college student who procrastinates. He keeps me awake when he pulls all-nighters to finish his research papers. What’s a kitty to do? I know -- I will write a blog post on how to stop procrastinating. Maybe he’ll read it.
You humans need to lighten up. Sure, life poses many serious challenges, but you awfulize way too much. Find the humor in daily life. Take it from me, Ron Tickles, there is no better comedy than watching humans and their pets right at home. Besides being great fun, laughter ranks as one of the best remedies for easing stress.
At my full-time job at the zoo, I hear a lot of visitors complain about stress at work. What are they moaning about? Not many of them work every single day of the year like I do. Even so, I stay relaxed. Want to know my secrets for easing stress at work?
Ever since I was a tiny kitty living in that miserable shelter, I hated going to the vet. No matter the color of the vet’s coat, all that prodding and poking during an office visit unsettles my normal sense of aloof calm. Afterward, I always have to endure some awful medicine in my eyes, ears, nose or mouth. When I had a bad reaction to a vaccination, I meowed, “That’s it! I protest! No more Vet!”
My name is Sparky. It’s an honor to launch this new blog, “Pet Ways to Ease Stress,” which features prominent members of the pet community offering their insights on how to ease stress. Each week, pet colleagues from households, zoos and parks will share their stories of coping with life challenges related to work, health and the most difficult stressor – dealing with humans!