Animals are used for all kinds of reasons and one of the most amazing is for therapy. Traumatised, sick and lonely people all find companionship with an animal, so it is no surprise that there are numerous health benefits of owning a pet.
Amazingly, studies have shown that pet owners claim their pets help them more than they help their pets, revealing that our fur friends are in fact a vital and wonderful part of our lives. In fact, it is proven that our furry counterparts are actually good for our overall wellbeing in more ways than one.
A hard day at the office or trouble in the personal life of a pet owner can show up in the form of stress and high blood pressure, creating an acidic internal environment that can make them prone to anxiety and depression. Just being around a pet has proven to relieve pent up feelings, consequently lowering elevated blood pressure and stress levels. Stoking a dog or cuddling a purring cat has natural benefits that provide a way to wind down. So next time life is getting you in a stir simply get some cuddle time in with your fur friend!
Having the responsibility of another life to look after is often a good bump to self esteem, giving purpose and a sense of belonging. Often when someone is feeling excluded in other parts of their life, caring for their non-judgemental, unconditionally loving fur friend is what is needed. For this reason animals are excellent therapy dogs to depressed, lonely and traumatised people, because they give a reason to look outside of one self and towards another living creature.
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Last but not least, the physical benefits of pets are nothing to be sniffed at. Pets need regular exercise, often forcing their owners to get out and enjoy the fresh air when they normally wouldn’t. Regular exercise lowers blood cholesterol, lowers the chance of type 2 diabetes and some cancers, lowers blood pressure, strengthens bones, muscles and joints, and lowers the risk of osteoporosis and heart attack. And who doesn’t love a brisk walk around the park?
For anyone suffering from stress, depression or loneliness in their everyday lives, a pet is a non-judgemental, unconditionally loving companion that has mental and physical benefits up to wazoo! In a world where we love what is good for us, our pets are high on the list for a healthy and happy lifestyle.