Our pets are family, and just like a caring family member, they can help you when you’re feeling down. We have all had to remind someone that it isn’t JUST a dog or cat. They are much more than that.
There have been many studies over the years showcasing the mental health benefits of pets. This article will cover some of them.
They Make You Feel Less Lonely
While conversations with your pet can feel one-sided at times, their presence can make you feel less lonely. Even taking your dog on a walk can be extremely comforting. Your dog also has the ability to introduce you to new people if the pup decides he wants to meet every person at the park.
Even more amazingly, if you have ever experienced some form of strong negative emotions like anxiety or depression, your pet can even help you cope through the darkest moments. They can be a tremendous emotional support, and you can also make that their official job.
Going to an emotional support animal registration to sign up your pet as an ESA is an easy way to solidify that your companion is far more than just a pet. Emotional Support Animals get increased access compared to pets without jobs so that you can bring them with you more often. They are not service animals, though, so they cannot go with you absolutely everywhere. Make sure you do your research!
The feeling of loneliness can be pretty tricky, but you know you aren’t alone when a soft and furry friend is by your side.
They Reduce Depression
Depression is a complex disease, and treatment comes from a combination of therapy and medication. A pet is not a magic treatment for depression. However, they can help alleviate some symptoms.
When you play with your dog or get yourself out of bed to feed your cat, it can soothe some of your symptoms. Your brain releases feel-good serotonin and dopamine chemicals when you get tasks done. These chemicals can uplift your mood and make you feel happy.
From the licks your dog gives you to the purrs of your cat, they can be feel-good machines.
They Make You More Productive
Yes, having pets can boost your productivity! Whether you bring your pet to work every day, or you work from home and have a pet, you may be amazed to see a massive boost in productivity when you have one by your side.
Even if your dog or cat can be a little distracting at times, their presence can help you feel less stressed at the office. This stress reduction can help you to succeed at work.
So the next time you’re working, why not bring your furry companion into the office with you? You won’t regret it.
Helps to Lower Anxiety
Another reason pets are so good for your mental health is that they reduce anxiety, for similar reasons why they help reduce depression.
Pets can give you a calming sensation, allowing you to feel at ease whenever you’re tackling some of life’s biggest challenges. Even if it is just a rough day where you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders, having a furry or feathered friend around can ease the tension.
Once again, pets are not magic. They are not a magic cure-all. However, they can be of great assistance alongside a combination of therapy and/or medication.
Same With Anger
Anger is a normal part of life, but it becomes a problem when you feel angry to the point of irrationality. A pet can help to calm you down and allow you to think straight.
With that said, practicing meditation techniques is another way to calm your anger. Many pet owners even practice meditation with their animals! If you can focus and center yourself with a cat crawling all over you, you can focus anywhere!
Keep in mind that pets are amazing, but they are also living, breathing creatures. They come with stresses and issues of their own. If you can bring one into your home and look after it, the rewards can be outstanding.
Pets are proven companions in both everyday life and during more trying times.
Life is hard, but life with a pet is a little easier! Take advantage of your best friend and spend as much time together as possible.
You might be surprised just how much your life can change with the help of a pet.