How Pets Help Reduce Stress
Pets are amazing. Sure, they are a lot of work and can sometimes cost a fortune, but they are so worth having in your home. I grew up with dogs and cats, and fish, and gerbils, and hamsters, you name it. I’ve had bunnies, guinea pigs and birds. We currently have three dogs (one is a 9 week old puppy!), two angel fish and a ferret. These furry friends not only keep me on my feet but can be a handful with two young children to take care of also. However, they have helped me through a lot and have been there when I needed them the most!
This article was sent to me via email and it couldn’t have come at a better time. We just picked up our lovely little pure-bred German Shepherd puppy a little over a week ago and she has brought me through the puppy stages again of training, but has also calmed me where I least expected it. Plus, taking all three dogs outside together to walk them or run around the yard with them (we live in the country!) has made me more active. Thus, reducing my stress! Check out the article below and let me know in the comments if you have any animals and if you can relate to these points!
Some studies show that people begin to feel less anxious after spending less than an hour with an animal. There are endless benefits from lowering your stress level and while the things that we find stressful in our lives are often hard to eliminate, adding an animal to your life can help.
There’s a reason that they say dog is man’s best friend. Having a pet, not limited to dogs, is something that everyone should experience at some point in their life. Pets can be calming, mood lifting, empathetic, and so much more. They teach you how to be selfless and responsible as you are caring over another life (for those of you without children). Generally speaking, they make you happy.
2. Helps with Depression
In some cases, therapists suggest that patients suffering from depression that they adopt a pet. An animal will love you unconditionally and also be a great friend and listener. People with depression often benefit from having a pet, as the animal can help them get out of the house.
There are other health benefits associated with pet ownership (particularly dogs). Many studies show that owning a pet has a positive impact on cardiovascular disease, hypertension, infection control, allergies, stress related problems, blood pressure, and psychological issues.
4. Engaged Mind
A key to a healthy mind, especially for those who are elderly, is staying engaged with others. A pet is often a conversation starter and being out with a pet often warrants questions or comments from passersby. Bringing your dog to a dog park is a great way to meet new people with similar interests.
5. Build your Children’s Confidence
Having a dog in the home can build confidence and manage anxiety and stress in children. Children who struggle with reading or math can gain confidence when reading aloud or reciting multiplication tables to their dog.
6. Excuse to Play
Training and playing with your dog also provides mental stimulation, helps unleash creativity and alleviates stress. Having a dog will also encourage you to exercise as you’ll need to walk Fido regularly.
Having a daily schedule reduces stress for any individual. Having a dog that relies on you at specific times each day (feeding, walking, and sleeping) can help establish a routine.