You Take Care of Others, but Who Takes Care of You?

Are you single, don’t live with another person (at least one that is supportive) and work in the health care field?  If you are nodding your head “yes” I ask you, who then takes care of you?  We in the nursing profession as well as other care giving professionals tend to give–and give to others until we sometimes feel we have no more of ourselves left to offer.  At the end of a really stressful day, do you go home to an empty house, maybe flop in front of your TV set for a few hours after grabbing something to eat, then go to bed feeling exhausted?  If this sounds like you, I have a suggestion that has worked well for me.


I personally am more of a cat person than a dog person, although I really enjoyed my “70 pounds of cute” Lab mix when I was a bit younger–and more energetic.  Now I like to mellow out after a long day of helping others with at least one of my three cats in my lap, sometimes even two.  Believe it or not studies have shown that petting a furry critter, such as a cat or a dog actually reduces blood pressure readings.  I know from my own experience that if I am feeling like I am still going 60 miles per hour after work, petting my “girls” really helps me relax.  Playing with them or just watching  their antics makes me smile and even laugh sometimes as cats can be quirky.  I guess that is why there are so many funny cat videos on the internet.

Just having my three little baby girls say hello to me when I walk into my house helps me feel someone cares–about me.  At night one of my little ones nuzzles up to my waist when I sleep.  Another one “visits” me with an affectionate meow (sometimes I think she is really saying “ma”) after I get up to visit the “smallest room in the house” once or twice.  That is how she lets me know she is there for me and then she helps purr me back to sleep.  I believe in general as adults our pets are the ones that give us unconditional love, even if our hair is standing up when we get up in the morning, we look worn out when we get home or even if we are sad.  All my kitties want in return is good food and clean litter boxes.  To me that is a really good deal!

If you live with furry pets you will never have to feel alone, and don’t you deserve some unconditional love like you give to others all day?

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