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Kate Arthur

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After a few years of working in the world of economic consulting, Kate’s love of adventure, wilderness and sense of curiosity led her to move away from the city and join the Londolozi guiding team. It was amidst her years of studying politics, ...

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If only us humans can take that step to stop stressing all the time, or to ruminate over a certain situation makes it even worse. I think I am going try the animals response, to activate my sympathetic and parasympathetic system, to help be more calmer and deal with stress differently.

Interesting blog today Kate. Stress is much more difficult for humans to deal with and control than it is for animals. We should take some lessons from nature.

Terrific article Kate. Stress is something we all acknowledge feeling ,due in part to life’s issues, but it’s how we deal with it that can lead us to a space of wellbeing. Time to de-stress!

Hi, in the behavioural field there are in-deep studies and experiments dealing with this topic. The Konrad Lorenz institute, while observing ducks (mallards), measured the cortisol level, which was found higher in single ducks than in pairs. Since those animals’ evolution requires them not to live alone, the stress is on the high when dealing with single males in particular. This can be also found in animals communities living close to humans. Our presence can be a benefit (food resources and some sort of protection) but also a lot of stress they wouldn’t encounter in their natural life. Of course, in Londolozi the stress is reduced to minimum levels, they can still live a normal life for a wild animal…

Very interesting blog, Kate.
Theoretically humans know that we should not prolong stressful situations or feelings by worrying too much about them (before or after the situation). However, that’s easier said than done. This stoic mind frame, not to worry, isn’t easy to achieve, I think, though I also try hard.

Great blog Kate, so we’ll written and wonderful insights, we can certainly learn so much from animals and their behavior

Good insight here Kate. It’s fascinating observing the differing human reactions to stress and the wide range of coping mechanisms.
See you in August!

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