Frankly Freddie – Beware of evening stress like loud fireworks

Dear Freddie Fans,
As canines go I’m extremely laid back.  The only thing that stresses me are fireworks.  (If humans can send people into space they should be able to make fireworks that don’t make noise.) .  Humans, unlike me, seem to be stressed all the time but . . .

 . . . did you know

The human body releases lower levels of the hormone (that helps ease stress)

in the evening?

According to my research sources*: Cortisol levels — controlled by the circadian clock in the brain — increase significantly in the morning, but not in the evening.

Levels of the stress hormone cortisol in saliva were measured from 27 “. . .  young and healthy volunteers, who adhere to normal work hours and sleep habits,  The subjects were not obese and were in tiptop physical condition. Moreover, they did not have jobs in the early morning nor late night nor rotating night shifts, and they all had no personal history of psychiatric, endocrine, or sleep disorders” LIKE ME.

The study is probably too boring for you to read so I’ve distilled the essence for you:

When a stressful event activates the axis, the body releases cortisol.

Encountering stress later during the day or at night time can be harder on the body.*

Some of the important conclusions is the need to take time for your wellbeing, beginning with managing stress, particularly as the day is coming to a close. I have simple solutions for you to ease your stress in the evening and stop it from aggravating your health.

  • Don’t dwell on problems – humans who are too lazy to go for walks, not enough tasty treats, fireworks that contribute to mental anguish.
  • Get a pet LIKE ME.
  • Engage in a  hobby – play ball,   
  • Take “alone” time – you can scratch yourself.
  • Eat human superfoods like spinach & turkey, food high in tryptophan that contains an amino acid that boosts serotonin production that aids in alleviating stress.
  • Still your mind with positive thoughts 
  • Try mind-calming (HUMAN) activities: yogo, meditation, journaling
  • Surround yourself with positive people – like P&J

I had to learn basic Japanese words (“Time to eat”, “Let’s walk”, “Give me a treat”, “Please”, “Thank you”) to bring this information to you.*


I’m happy (to be able to help you).

Freddie Parker Westerfield, Polyglot

* Research done by medical physiologist Yujiro Yamanaka of Hokkaido University in Sapporo and Japanese researchers Hidemasa Motoshima and Kenji Uchida  published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, Twitter: “Beware of evening stress.”

3 comments on “Frankly Freddie – Beware of evening stress like loud fireworks

  1. My dear Freddie, So nice to hear from you. Thank you for your suggestions to ease my stress. I did not know that spinach is high in tryptophan.
    Happy Easter to you, Peggy and Judy.


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