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.