If you see a dog wearing a “pet me” vest at Los Angeles International Airport, do yourself a favor and give the pooch a belly scratch. The dogs are part of the organization Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUPs), which uses dogs to take some of the tension out of travel. Similar programs have been launched at airports in Miami and San Jose.
Research shows that patients with seasonal allergies report higher levels of stress and depression when symptoms are bad. So if you want to feel more relaxed, you might start by treating your itchy eyes.
According to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, high sodium levels in the blood help reduce the body’s response to stress. The study was conducted on rats but the findings may apply to humans as well.