Can Having Pets Heal You Mentally?

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Pets are our most dependable furry friends

Every time you come home from work, the store, or even weekend getaway, an animal can turn any type of day into a good one.

It turns out the warm and fuzzy feeling inside that you experience when petting a cat or dog isn’t simply a temporary sensation. Owning a pet has been proven to improve your mental health, and this can be extremely helpful to people with mental disorders or those in recovery from substance abuse.

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Physical perks of owning a pet

Taking your dog for a walk gets you moving and keeps you active. Being out in the sun provides you with an essential dose of Vitamin D, which helps prevent conditions such as cancer, heart attack, obesity as well as depression. A nice walk can improve your mood and lighten your mindset. Becoming more active can boost your self-esteem as well as decrease your blood pressure and cholesterol. Exposing yourself to pet dander actually builds your immunity, which decreases your likelihood of developing allergies.

Pets and mental health

Pets can improve your physical as well as mental well-being. Petting an animal can reduce stress and distract you from things that are bothering you in your daily life. They can keep you from feeling lonely or isolated. Taking care of a pet can give your life purpose, which can motivate you to view life in a positive way. The greatest gift a pet can give you is unconditional love. Pets lift you when you are down, which eases the burden of a mental disorder and improves quality of life.

Approximately 16 million adults had a bout of depression in the past year, according to The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Owing a pet has proven to ease your mind as well as provide support and love in times of trouble and strife. You don’t have to feel alone; a furry friend may be just what you need to fight depression, anxiety, as well as numerous physical ailments. What are you waiting for? Your soulmate is out there somewhere, walking on four legs and waiting to come home to you.


Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?

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