"Where there's a will there's a way with Wayfinder Life Coaching & Consulting"
- Jackie Stevenson
- Jackie Stevenson
THE OXYTOCIN FACTOR
Simple touching is a great way to increase levels of oxytocin in the body. There is a very good reason why oxytocin is nicknamed the love hormone—it is released in large quantities during the early stages of romantic relationships and plays a huge role in encouraging the bonding process with new partners.
Oxytocin is a calming hormone: it relieves anxiety and stress, lowers blood pressure and makes us feel good. Hugs, caresses, massage, and any close contact is enough to encourage the body to release oxytocin into the blood, which in turn lowers the levels of stress hormones.
Daydreaming about your loved one is known to increase oxytocin. Hug your friends and family, or have a cuddle with your child on the sofa. Even the simplest of touches can increase oxytocin levels and reduce stress.
Keeping a pet is also a great way to increase natural levels of oxytocin. Stroking cats and petting dogs is a great feel-good activity and this is one of the reasons why many nursing homes invite dog owners in on a regular basis so the elderly residents can stroke the animals: a few minutes stroking a receptive animal massively reduces stress levels and promotes general wellbeing. Hugs, caresses, massage, and any close contact is enough to encourage the body to release oxytocin into the blood, which in turn lowers the levels of stress hormones.
Yoga, running, meditation, acupuncture are all ways that may increase oxytocin. Movement in general helps increase oxytocin which may alleviate pain.
Positive Psychology is a scientific study of what goes right in life, from birth to death and all stops in between. When most of us think of Psychology we think of problems or therapy and that's all important but there's more to life, we want to live life well and be happy. We want to do the right thing and have good relationships with others. One way to help people with problems is to identify what is working and focusing on their strengths. Discover your unique strengths and traits. Utilize your strengths to make the changes you want. Improve your relationships using proven techniques. Develop increased optimism and resilience. Cultivate habits of gratitude & forgiveness. Increase your happiness and joy on a daily basis. Contact me today!
COACHING WITH BELLA (Coaching & Dog Therapy Team) Currently working towards becoming registered as a therapy animal team with Pet Partners)
Our mission is simple – to improve the health and well-being of those in need by sharing the joy and love of Bella in conjunction with my coaching skills while volunteering at our local hospitals and nursing homes and as a company by offering specially designed group coaching seminars focusing on organizations and businesses using a holistic and integral coaching approach, balancing the fight or flight reaction by tapping into the calm and connection side of each individual while using animal therapy.
“A pet is a medication without side effects that has so many benefits. I can't always explain it myself, but for years now I've seen how instances of having a pet is like an effective drug. It really does help people.”Dr. Edward Creagan Oncologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Hear Dr. Edward Creagan, from the Mayo Clinic, share his perspective on how pets help improve people's health and well-being. CLICK HERE to access the short video.
Health Benefits of Animals for Seniors
Bring new meaning and purpose to your life by adopting a pet or spending time with your neighbors’ pets. Studies have reflected that seniors with dogs go to the doctor less with minor health issues and they even have lower levels of blood pressure and cholesterol as compared to non-pet owners. The companionship that pets provide motivates seniors to get more involved in daily activities and socializing.
Although having a pet requires a decent amount of dedication and commitment, seniors are often advised to be paired with adult dogs and animals that are calm and more easily manageable. Pets are extremely beneficial for seniors as they are friends and just a pure bundle of joy.
For research articles, studies and bibliographies related to the Health Benefits of Animals for Seniors , please CLICK HERE.
Health Benefits of Animals for Adults
Ever wondered how a small little bundle of fur can add so much joy to your busy daily routine? The snuggling, the laughter and the unconditional love that pets provide can benefit you physically, psychologically and even socially.
According to the American Time Use Survey (2007), most employed people spend about 7.6 hours working on their normal working days. With such busy work routines, spending some playful time with your pets can help you reduce blood pressure and lower your anxiety and stress levels. Adults who don’t have kids can also learn the skills of nurturing and parenthood when a pet enters their lives. Studies also reflect the significant improvement that occurs among patients when pets are included during therapy sessions.
For research articles, studies and bibliographies related to the Health Benefits of Animals for Adults , please CLICK HERE.
Health Benefits of Animals for Children
Do you remember being at an age where you were closer to your pet than any other member of your family? When the non judgmental behavior of your pet made you feel special and bonded? If you do remember that feeling of closeness, you probably already know how great pets can be for children. And if you’ve never owned a pet we can help you learn more about the amazing ways that animals contribute to a child’s healthy growth.
Research studies have indicated that :
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Interested in learning more about our volunteer animal therapy coaching service or hiring Bella and I as a coaching team? Group Coaching Packages and Animal Team Coaching sessions are available. We can also specially design something to your needs or circumstances of your organization. For more information please fill out the contact information below and click submit.