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We all experience stress, every day. Stress is only a problem when we have too much of it or when it interferes with other aspects of our lives – much like depression .  Research shows that having a dog, petting a dog, walking a dog, and otherwise spending time with a pet is a stress-reducer. Petting a dog lowers our blood pressure and reduces stress hormones in your body. Do you know what else does that? Taking advice from a dog! That’s right, reading Dear Mishu’s column and trying to get in the mindset of a dog can definitely help reduce anxiety. Why? Because dogs have a simple approach to life and live in the moment, so they don’t get hung up with all the little things that cause humans to worry. So next time you start to feel tense or worried, just grab your dog for a pet or a walk, or open up dearmishu.com or @dearmishu on instagram and inhale a little of that dog peace!

All this Uncertainty About the Future is Stressing Me Out. Any Advice, Sarah Asks, Mishu Answers

All this Uncertainty About the Future is Stressing Me Out. Any Advice, Sarah Asks, Mishu Answers

Sarah: Nothing is ever certain and that is what makes life interesting. Try to embrace…

I’m feeling so Stressed. What Can I Do, Sasha Asks, Mishu Answer

I’m feeling so Stressed. What Can I Do, Sasha Asks, Mishu Answer

Sasha – When I’m stressed I yawn and bark. It might be weird if you…

My vacation ends today but I don’t feel refreshed to go back to work. What should I do, Ariana asks, Mishu answers

My vacation ends today but I don’t feel refreshed to go back to work. What should I do, Ariana asks, Mishu answers

Ariana — Hmmm…. can you stay on 🌴 vacation? If you can’t, can you do…

I’m a college student and so stressed about what’s going to happen in the fall, Jada asks, Mishu answers

I’m a college student and so stressed about what’s going to happen in the fall, Jada asks, Mishu answers

Jada: It’s really hard to not know what is going to happen, especially when something…

I work helping people who are suffering job loss or hunger because of COVID-19. I’m so drained at the end of the day & just want to sleep…, Sophia asks, Mishu answers

I work helping people who are suffering job loss or hunger because of COVID-19. I’m so drained at the end of the day & just want to sleep…, Sophia asks, Mishu answers

Sophia – Thank you for all your hard work 👏! I think it’s okay to…

More walks, More cuddles, More treats, More sleep, More….

More walks, More cuddles, More treats, More sleep, More….

I know #StayHome isn’t ready for humans but having you around is wonderful for us…

I have Type 1 diabetes and I always sleep through my low glucose alerts, Kai asks, Mishu answers

I have Type 1 diabetes and I always sleep through my low glucose alerts, Kai asks, Mishu answers

Kai – That sounds dangerous. I wake up instantly from any sound, so I don’t…

How does one live in the present and be content, Bianca asks, Mishu answers

How does one live in the present and be content, Bianca asks, Mishu answers

Bianca – I usually just sit around and stare at things like tree branches moving…

How can I get over my stress? I’m always sad lately, LSC asks, Mishu answers

How can I get over my stress? I’m always sad lately, LSC asks, Mishu answers

LSC – Looking at your insta I can see that you get a lot of…

How do you deal with stress, P. asks, Mishu answers

How do you deal with stress, P. asks, Mishu answers

Dear P – I don’t get stressed often, but some things do stress me like…

I have so much empathy I often get overwhelmed with emotion. Am I normal, Diego asks, Mishu answers

I have so much empathy I often get overwhelmed with emotion. Am I normal, Diego asks, Mishu answers

Diego,
I’m pretty sensitive to my humans and when I notice they’re in distress, I do one of two things. If the distress comes from them, I just keep them company so they feel better. In this case, I don’t get upset myself (how could that even be helpful?), but I comfort them with my calmness. On the other hand, if I sense distress coming from an external source (i.e. someone they feel threatened by)… well I can get a little crazy trying to protect them. Not sure I recommend that for a human (I think barking would definitely make people think you’re weird), but either way you get the picture — when people you care about are distressed try focus on what you can do to help them, without getting too upset yourself.
Love you Diego!
❤️ Mishu

Dear Mishu, School is starting soon and I’m so stressed about my school workI can’t even enjoy my summer… help, Kiara asks, Mishu answers

Dear Mishu, School is starting soon and I’m so stressed about my school workI can’t even enjoy my summer… help, Kiara asks, Mishu answers

Oh, Kiara! Your worth is not your grades or your test scores. Can you find…

Dear Mishu, I have a 6 year old dog who likes to pee on the carpet… A LOT. What should I do, Cate asks, Mishu answers

Dear Mishu, I have a 6 year old dog who likes to pee on the carpet… A LOT. What should I do, Cate asks, Mishu answers

Dear Cate — I think if a 40+ year old human was peeing in their…

Don’t tell me it’s raining …..

Don’t tell me it’s raining …..

Don’t tell me it’s raining again today ❤️ – Mishu

Dear Mishu, I’ve been with my boyfriend for 10 months but I think I may be attracted to girls. I want to experiment but I’m afraid to lose him, Naiara asks, Mishu answers

Dear Mishu, I’ve been with my boyfriend for 10 months but I think I may be attracted to girls. I want to experiment but I’m afraid to lose him, Naiara asks, Mishu answers

Dear Naiara – Talk to your boyfriend. Tell him what you feel, what you think, and what you hope to do and learn. Then listen to him and see if you are able to achieve what you both need together or need to separate for that… Then do what you need to do.
Love, Mishu
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Friends, does anyone know someone with experience in this situation who can share with Naiara?

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