Pets Reduce stress
If you’ve ever owned a dog, you know how much fun and affection they can bring. They can reduce stress, anxiety, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your health. A dog can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.
Making healthy lifestyle changes plays an important role in easing symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress. Caring for a dog can help you make healthy lifestyle changes by:
Increasing exercise. Taking a dog for a walk is a fun and rewarding way to keep fit and healthy. Our recent study has shown that 72% of dog owners love walking there dog as they get the exercise they need at the same time.
Providing companionship. Companionship can help prevent you feeling isolated and lonely which can trigger symptoms of depression. Caring for your dog can take the focus away from your problems, especially if you live alone. And nothing beats loneliness like coming home to a wagging tail and wet kisses.
Helping you meet new people. Dogs can be a great social magnet, they can help you start and maintain new friendships. Stop and talk to other dog owners on your daily walks or even when you go to your dog training classes.
Reducing anxiety. The companionship of a dog can offer comfort and help ease anxiety. Dogs don’t have any worries and are happy enough to spend time with you, they can help you become more mindful and appreciate the joy of the present.
Adding routine to your day. Dogs need their daily walk and dinner. Having a consistent routine keeps a dog calm, this may work for you.
Providing sensory stress relief. Touch and movement are two healthy ways to quickly manage stress. Just being around a dog or stroking a dog lowers blood pressure and can help you quickly feel calmer and less stressed.
Finally, they make us laugh! They do funny things which makes us laugh and that’s one of the many reasons we love our dogs.