If you have a pet, you already know the fun and compassion it brings to you. Well, did you know that pets have very strong mental and physical health benefits? Dogs and cats in particular can reduce stress, anxiety and depression, reduce loneliness, promote exercise and fun, and even improve your heart health. Taking care of a pet can help children grow up more safely and actively. Pets are also a valuable companion for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.
Can help you deal with depression, anxiety, and stress
Many of us are unaware of the physical and mental health benefits that can accompany the pleasure of connecting with a furry friend. Only recently, studies have begun to scientifically explore the benefits of the human-animal bond. Pets, especially dogs and cats, have begun to fully comply with our behavior and emotions. For example, dogs can understand many of the words we use and are even better at interpreting our tone of voice, body language and gestures. And like a good friend, a loyal dog looks into your eyes to measure your emotional state and try to understand what you think and feel.
Research shows that
– Pet owners have fewer complaints of depression than those without pets.
People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
– Playing with a dog or cat raises serotonin and dopamine levels that calm and relax.
– Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (heart disease indicators).
– Pet owners over the age of 65 visit doctors 30 percent less than those without pets.
– A pet does not necessarily have to be a dog or a cat. Even watching fish in the aquarium can help reduce muscle tension and lower the pulse.
One of the reasons for these therapeutic effects is that pets can meet basic human needs. Touching or hugging a loving animal will quickly calm and soothe you when you’re stressed or anxious. The friendship of a pet can reduce loneliness. It greatly improves your mood and can prevent depression.
Healthy lifestyle changes
Adopting healthy lifestyle changes plays an important role in relieving symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and bipolar disorder. Taking care of an animal can help you make healthy lifestyle changes:
Increased exercise: Taking, walking or running a dog are fun and useful ways to comply with your daily workout. Research has shown that dog owners are much more likely to meet their daily exercise needs, and exercising every day is also great for the animal. It will deepen the connection between you, eliminate most behavioral problems in dogs, and keep your pet fit and healthy.
Making friendship: Friendship can help prevent disease and even add years to your life, and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. Taking care of a live animal can help you feel what you need and look for, and can focus your attention away, especially if you live alone. Many dog and cat owners talk to their pets, and some even use them to solve their troubles.
Meeting new people: Animals can be an excellent tool for their owners to help you make new friends and make new friends. Dog owners often talk to each other on walks. Dog owners also meet new people in pet shops, clubs and training classes.
Reducing anxiety: Being friendly with an animal can offer comfort, help ease anxiety and build trust for anxious people. Because pets are living now, they don’t worry about what happened yesterday or what happened tomorrow. They can help you be more careful and experience the moment.
Orderly life: Many pets, especially dogs, require a regular diet and exercise program. Having a consistent order keeps an animal balanced and calm. This layout might work for you too. Whatever your mood is, you will have to get out of bed to feed, take out and take care of your pet, depressed, anxious or stressed.
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