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6 Ways Pets Improve Our Mental and Physical Wellbeing

Mental Wellbeing

Dog, cats, rabbits, hamsters, and other pets make great companions; they add tons of laughter and joy to our lives and stop us from feeling lonely and unloved.

Their cute and cuddly nature certainly puts us in a happier and calmer mood; in fact, they are even known to improve our physical and mental wellbeing, and here is how!

  1. Reduce Stress

Many experts believe petting an animal or even just having your pets around during stressful situations can help reduce stress and anxiety.

They provide you with a sense of calmness that is necessary when dealing with challenging situations and emotions.

  1. Feeling loved

When we are upset or feeling a bit neglected, our furry companions can help us feel loved. Imagine having a bad day, and you just arrived home to your pet, who is super excited to have you back at home finally. Now, doesn’t that instantly make you feel a little better?

Playing, cuddling whilst watching a good movie or even just having a good nap together can help distract us away from negative thoughts. To top that, spending time with our pets is known to increase oxytocin levels, which are hormones associated with trust, empathy, and relationship building.

  1. Builds a routine and Improves fitness

Pets require daily feeding, walks, exercising, and playtimes; this encourages their human companions to keep active, which helps ease depression, improve mood, and tackle other mental health issues.

It also means getting up on time, spending more time around nature, and not being stuck indoors all time, which can significantly impact our mental wellbeing.

  1. Alleviates allergies, boost immune functions and reduce the risk of heart diseases

You would think that having pets around promotes allergic reactions, but it is quite the opposite. Babies raised in homes with dogs and cats are less likely to develop allergies later on in their lives and may lower the risk of asthma.

They are also known to boost your immune system by developing healthy bacteria colonies, preventing you from getting ill. Moreover, studies have shown that people with dogs and other pets have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, which reduces the risk of heart diseases.

  1. Boosting social skills

Owning a pet can help break the ice between two people. Having fun conversations about your pets with friends and co-workers gives us a sense of excitement. To share stories about their funny behaviours and actions doesn’t only make you happy but also those who hear about it.

Additionally, while going out on daily walks, you will most likely get approached by other dog owners, children and other people where you will be forced to start conversations. In other words, they help you form relationships and improve your social skills.

  1. A sense of purpose and responsibility

Pets give you a sense of purpose and responsibility.

As you look after another living being, seeing that they are healthy and happy will give you a sense of accomplishment. This can help you be less fearful in the future when it comes to taking on more responsibilities and making decisions.

Our furry companions are not just pets; they are our family, and in a way, someone who helps you live a happier, healthier, and better life. Are you now tempted to go to the nearest rescue and adopt a four-legged furry companion for your-self?

Ready to overcome fear and worrying thoughts? Why not book an appointment with one of our qualified therapists at Mynurva? Our therapists are available to help you understand the cause of your anxious thoughts, put them into perspective, and help you plan step-by-step realistic actions towards addressing and overcoming them.

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