In terms of alleviating the effects of stress, I think there are two ways to go about it:
- Making time for things that you have to do in order to decrease your stress (for me those things include exercising, cleaning the house, cooking regular meals, etc.)
- Making time for things that you want to do (for me those things include reading a book, going for a walk, catching up with friends, watching a movie, etc.)
P.S. Hoss isn't wearing a muzzle; it's a Gentle Leader. It keeps him from pulling on the leash (yet another tool for helping me alleviate stress!).