Every second person at some point in their lives deals with stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. People seek different ways to overcome mental health issues. Studies show that a lot of things can be done to remove the stress and deal with anxiety but it is evident that companionship plays a generous role in dealing with these mental health problems. The companionship of pets is proven as the best by people who love to have pets with them. Pet Effect or animal-human bond has positive impacts on the physical and mental health of people.
A survey of pet owners shows that 74% of the owners were positively acclaimed that their mental health improved because of their pets. Here are some points which show that having pets can help you mentally:
Pets reduce stress: Pets are proven as stress busters. Playing with pets or interacting with them lowers cortisol, the stress hormone and increases our levels of serotonin and dopamine, they are the hormones which help in keeping the nervous system calm and relax. It also increases the level of oxytocin. When we smile or laugh at our pet’s activities then the happiness hormones release. Therefore, pets are helpful for people with stress.
Pets help to build healthy habits: Pet owners, especially dog owners need to take their pet for walks, hikes regularly. Therefore the owners develop a daily routine of exercise with their pets. Almost every pet needs to be fed regularly in a routine and so, the owners usually develop a habit of waking up early in the morning for their pets. Caring for a pet requires self-care. Owners usually spend time in self-caring.
Pets help to make social connections: Social isolation is increasing among people and mainly in teenagers. They develop an idea that they will not be accepted by society so they try to isolate themselves socially. Pets help them to maintain social connections. For example, a pet owner is walking with his dog and randomly talks to another pet owner, and when they join a pets’ club. They feel more connected and accepted. It helps them mentally as social connections help in self-esteem, improved cognitive function, lower stress rate etc.
Pets give unconditional love and build relationship skills: Research shows that people who love their pets are more likely to make relationships with human beings without any difficulties. Pets do not judge anyone by anything, they simply love their owners unconditionally. Patting a pet can ease one’s heart rate. It is proven that pets can help people mentally. Children with autism and people with depression or anxiety are advised to have a pet with them as the pet can help them in various ways to overcome depression.
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