Emotional Wellbeing


Mandy Kloppers

How Having a Pet can Improve Your Mental Health

Pets not only provide comfort and companionship to people who live alone, but they also have many mental health benefits. One of the most potent bonds is between humans and animals. And how do pets aid in the improvement of a person’s health?



●     Pets Offer Unconditional Love and Acceptance


According to a recent study, when people with Alzheimer’s interact with cats or dogs, their blood pressure and heart rate drop. This is because pets provide unconditional love and acceptance, which humans struggle with. People who live alone may feel isolated, depressed, anxious, or lonely, but the presence of an animal who needs them—and accepts them exactly as they are—can provide comfort.




●     Pets Require Organization and Routine


Pets require time, energy, and organization to live healthy lives. With that, the structure they need can also help to benefit the owner’s overall mental health. Pets, like humans, need insurance coverage. Going to the vet should be a part of their routine and the benefits of pet insurance are nearly limitless. That is why you must feed and care for your pets the proper way so that health and medical expenses do not become an issue.


They require vaccinations at regular intervals, which you must pay for. They also require daily exercise, nutritious meals, and access to clean water at all times. Some of their routine entails walking, jogging and playing, all of which can help to improve the owner’s mental health in the long run.




●     Pets Have a Way of Grounding their Owners


When people are anxious or stressed, they may find themselves ruminating on past adverse events or worrying about terrifying future possibilities. The constant mental “chatter” inside someone’s head when they focus their thoughts on stress can be overwhelming, destabilizing moods.


Staying calm and grounded is challenging when your mind is racing with fearful thoughts. On the other hand, Pets have a calming effect, bringing us back down to earth by redirecting our attention to the present moment.




●     Pets Help to Reduce Blood Pressure


People who have chronic conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes may find it challenging to maintain their health. They may find themselves taking medication daily and adhering to a strict diet that is difficult to maintain over time. This contributes to guilt and frustration in an already stressful situation.


On the other hand, Pets motivate their owners to stick to these regimens because they feel good when taking care of their animals. It gives their lives meaning and purpose, reducing depression frequently associated with living with chronic illness.




●     Pets Motivate their Owners to Stay Fit


Pets require constant care and attention, which means the owner must also be active! People who want a friendly dog must take it for a walk at least twice a day. Those who have cats run the risk of becoming out-of-shape couch potatoes if they don’t take their cats on frequent “hunts” around the house.


As a result, people who own pets have more energy than others, which means they are more motivated to exercise regularly. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy—and strong enough to combat stress-related disorders such as anxiety and depression.




●     Pets are Great Listeners


Pets do not pass judgment or attempt to solve problems; they listen! People frequently believe that they can open up to animals more than humans. It is because pets do not judge them for their feelings, thoughts, or behavior.


If you tell your pet about an upsetting event that occurred during the day, he will cuddle up next to you without saying anything else. Often, this is all that people require: to know that someone (or something) cares about them and is always on their side.




Closing Remarks


Pets are wonderful companions who bring their owners a lot of joy and happiness. They provide unconditional love, meaning, purpose, and motivation, among other things. Pets contribute to overall good mental health by reducing loneliness and isolation. They also help in reducing depression symptoms and assisting their owners in feeling confident in their skin no matter what.





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