Pet Companions Could Decrease Depression

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Pet Companions and Depression
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With a degree in medicine, Christie Mensch serves as a psychiatrist at Wyandot Center, where she provides outpatient health services for adults. One of Christie Mensch’s interests is how pet therapy assists in treating depression.

According to Ian Cook, PhD, studies show that animals can improve moods and reduce tension. As such, pets can be a benefit to individuals who struggle with mild to moderate depression.

A pet companion can help bring a sense of value and focus to one’s life. For those who feel they don’t have the time to take on the responsibility, taking care of a pet can be a reminder that they are capable and can do more than they think, suggests Dr. Cook. Aside from the responsibility, the physical activity involved with raising an animal can reduce depression. For instance, dogs need to be walked often. By getting out with their dogs, owners can stretch their muscles and increase their heart rate, which in turn improves their mental and physical health.

Three Tips to Get the Most out of Your European Trip

 

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As a psychiatrist at Wyandot Center in Kansas City, Kansas, Christie Mensch diagnoses and treats mental health issues in adults. Outside of work, Christie Mensch enjoys traveling, particularly throughout Europe.

When planning a trip to Europe, it’s beneficial to understand what you can do to make the most out of your trip. Learning some of the language is an advantage, as you may need to read maps and signs when getting around the country you’re visiting. In addition, locals respond positively to tourists who speak their tongue.

If you purchase a European sim card for your phone, you can make flight, hotel, and bus bookings from almost anywhere. With the sim card and a data plan, you won’t need to worry about spotty Wi-Fi signals.

Carefully consider the weather when you are planning your trip. The best months to visit Europe are between May and September, when weather conditions are consistently temperate and warm.

England’s Hearty Traditional Cumberland Pie

 

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Cumberland Pie
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Dr. Christie Mensch is a respected Kansas City physician who treats patients for anxiety and depression at the Wyandot Center. With a passion for travel, Dr. Christie Mensch has visited destinations throughout Europe, from Italy to England, and she particularly enjoys British cuisine.

One of the traditional hearty dishes popular throughout England is the Cumberland pie, which stands as a variant on the shepherd’s pie, which is made with lamb, and the cottage pie. It dates at least as far back as medieval times, when wild game and dried fruits were often used in various dishes.

Cooked in a baking dish, the contemporary Cumberland pie features a combination of meat, celery, carrots, onions, and other seasonal vegetables. Worcestershire sauce adds a distinctive flavor, as do fresh thyme and bay leaves. Potatoes are boiled separately and sliced and layered on top of the meat, with breadcrumbs and cheese sprinkled as a finishing touch. The dish is baked in the oven until the top is crisp and golden, with the meat sauce bubbling underneath.