Animals are GREAT for Your Mental Health
Furry friends have a lot more benefits than
you may think. Of course, there’s the basic one which is obviously they
increase happiness, personally when I look at my cat (Obi) or my dog (Teddy) I
immediately feel better. There’s something about their fluffy, or not so fluffy
in some pet’s cases, faces that give me instant serotonin. Anyone else get the
sudden sensation that you want to squeeze your animals really hard? That
sensation you get when seeing something cute, is called cute aggression.
So how do pets reduce stress? Pets provide
excellent social support, improved moods, reduce blood pressure, encourage
exercise, and offer company and unconditional love.
If you are an animal person, like me, it is
quite possibly the most difficult thing in the world to stay in a bad mood when
your animals are around you. Petting animals gives a great sense of stress
relief. I can’t count on my hands the number of times I have been in over my
head with emotions then and my cat has wondered into my room and POOF my bad
mood was gone.
Having a dog in particular encourages
exercise. Even if you can’t be bothered going outside for some fresh air,
there’s that cute little face looking at you, hoping for a walk. Exercise is
great for reducing stress and improving overall wellbeing. This is due to the
endorphins releases when participating in any form of exercise. Plus, who says
it has to be a dog you walk, I take my cat on walks all the time (see picture).
Don’t have a dog (yet)? Take a look at how sport improves your mental health.
Animals also give you company; they are quite
possibly the best antidote to loneliness, with them being great snugglers and
secret keepers. Telling your pets secrets and just talking to them on a daily
basis actually has great benefits for your pet as well, it creates a bond
between you and as your pet will start to feel that they are a part of your
social circle. If you don’t have a pet don’t worry here’s some handy tips and tricks to help you cope with
Start bringing animals into the
office! Dogs specifically bring so many benefits while in office. They
alleviate stress, make the general atmosphere friendlier. They improve morale
and job satisfaction and encourage your employees to take breaks from their
screens reducing the amount of work induced headaches, migraines, etc. However,
make sure your animal is hypoallergenic. Some people have allergies, and we
don’t want anyone whipping out an EpiPen!
I bet these stats will convince
If you’re still not convinced
about animals making life better, take a look at these stats from HelpGuide:
owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets.
with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those
without pets. One study even found that when people with borderline
hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined
significantly within five months.
with a dog, cat, or other pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine,
which calm and relax.
owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart
disease) than those without pets.
attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
owners over age 65 make 30 percent fewer visits to their doctors than those
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