Here fishy, fishy, fishy

I can sit and watch it rain for hours. There’s something therapeutic about it. The steady rhythm and the possibility of finding the fastest raindrop intrigue me. It’s kind of like watching fish swimming around in a tank. I love watching fish, both in a lake and in a bowl.

There have been studies on the health benefits of fish watching. I’m not sure if I can say the same for raindrop chasing, but I would imagine it’s the same. Fish watching has been found to relieve stress and anxiety, calm the mind, lower blood pressure, help to reduce the effects of chronic pain, and even enhance a person’s ability to focus…all things that someone living with Multiple Sclerosis would greatly benefit from.

If your day today is filled with a long list of to-do’s, demands from your boss, needs from your family, piles of work that simply can’t be put off one more day, take a little bit of time to watch some fish. If you don’t have your own fish tank at home, why not add “going to the pet store” on your list and pause to watch from there.

I actually had a Betta named Blueberry once that had an amazing personality. I loved watching him fan his fins, play hide-n-seek in his tiny cave and swim around the tank as he proudly displayed his colors. Even watching him eat was entertaining. Sometimes he would spit it out and then go chasing after it.

Maybe instead of fish, you are more a dog or a cat person. There’s something just as calming about them cuddling up with you as you scratch between their ears and rub their belly. It could be that you prefer caring for horses…maybe birds, or reptiles, or even hamsters. It seems all animals have the potential of making great companions, being amazing “friends” and helping in relieving stress.

I would have a zoo if I had the room for it. Does that mean I live a stress free life all the time? No, but it does make life much more enjoyable and entertaining…that’s for sure. And who does’t need some entertainment from time to time?

This morning, my entertainment is an ant trying to lug a giant grain of sand on top of its head. That’s my view as I drink my morning coffee. I’ve even already laughed a few times in the process.

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About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

4 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    Pets are very helpful in their therapeutic place. Sometimes they can be stressful but in most cases it’s us that’s stressing not them. I have had pets for my whole life including fish, cats , axolotls, and one or two dogs. At one stage we had six cats and we took them on an occasional walk on leads to a local river. It was quite fun. We have a little black cat (called of all things Peni) and are visited by a tortoise shell long haired cat as well. Their interactions have been good to see an they live the separated lives well.
    And we have had fish and cats which makes life interesting to say the least.
    It’s great how MS doesn’t take the pleasure from animals etc being themselves in our company.

  2. Joy
    Joy says:

    I have come to a point in my day of little faith but not.. Must take a nap things always get better after a good nap.
    Maybe it’s hard for me today due no sun and cold and windy. Or that the person I live next to ended up to be a very hurt man and is taking it on me and now I have to find a place to and keep paying here until the lease is up in Dec. not going to move in winter again.
    Maybe to have faith in the place I applied for and that will end the stress of having to find a new place. With this new place I can pay for both places and have no money left but I will be away from the mean man. What really sucks is I moved in first and the landlord will not listen to what I have to say and they all believe I’m making all this noise. I once was told and had to someone pick up my grandson due to the mean man did not like him crying as I was getting a bottle ready at 5:30 at night and all the endless pounding he does on the wall and walking very hard cause I’m vacuuming at 2:30 in the afternoon.

    I guess just the not knowing and asking why??? I am so sick of moving and believed this was going to be home for a long time.. Have to let this all go and have peace with it.

    And I would love to have a dog and no will let me have one even though I think that’s against our rights all in good time. A fish would be great too but to ride around on the bus with him.
    Thank you all for being here and listening to get this out of me….
    Prayers please that my faith will sustain me.. I can do this and I know the place I applied for I will be moving to God willing and I believe it’s nap time.

    • Rodger Ashton-Smith
      Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

      With that request I will do that for you. It sounds like you are between a rock and a hard place’ I’m sorry the landlord is so uncaring. Was that person like that when you moved in? I don’t know where you are but sometimes it can be useful to approach council and/or police for guidance.

  3. Juana Driver says:

    Awesome read! I too find it relaxing to watch all types of nature. I live in the country and the opportunity is great. The rabbits, our last turkey, finding a new bird on the feeders and then the flowers! We had an aquarium for years! Definitely believe in the little things that sometimes brings the best joy! Your posts do that for me! Thank you precious lady! ♡

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