Do pets improve your mental health?

” The companionship that a pet offers is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress. A pet can be a great source of comfort, companionship and motivation for their owners. In many ways, pets can help us to live mentally healthier lives.”

How do pets improve our mental health?

Pets reduce stress. Patting a pet can ease stress and reduce your blood pressure.

Pets can be affectionate, accepting, loyal, and consistent. If you feel isolated a pet provides a great companionship.

Most people feel better when they have physical contact with others. Simply patting a pet can lower your heart rate.

Pets require a routine of feeding, cleaning and exercise. This can give you purpose and motivation which can help your self-esteem, wellbeing and mental health.

You can increase your social interaction and could make new friends just by taking your dog for a walk or waiting at the vet, due to the shared interest in your pets.

If you own a dog, they need regular walks, and this exercise is good for you too. Exercise, like walking, has many benefits for your mental health and wellbeing.

I love animals, if I had my way I would buy a massive piece of land and build an animal shelter. I bet I would live a happier stress free life. When my mental health wasn’t great, that is when I decided to get Rainbow. Rainbow it my cat who is full of beans which gives her the nickname Rambo if she misbehaves. Equally she is the most loving cat who loves to lay right up beside my face and cuddle in to sleep. I say everyday kisses and she comes up to my face and pouts up at me. I find personally being around animals calms me down. They bring me a lot of comfort at times I need it the most. My uncle had 5 French bulldogs, sadly one passed at Christmas last year which hit us all hard. Each of the dogs comes with a different personality. I was always drawn to the girl puppy. Yes that is her name. As much as I love them all I would be lying if I said she wasn’t my favourite. I got very attached and so did she. She could always sense when I was due in from work, and would be waiting on me at the door. She loves cuddles and belly rubs and if you stop tickling her she turns into a cat pawing you for more attention. She is yet to meet Rainbow but that will happen soon enough. Having a pet has helped me in a way I never thought possible. Rainbow makes me get out of bed every day. She is reliant on me. She needs fed, her litter needs changed and she needs playtime and affection. It is almost like she has given me a purpose. I have turned into one of those crazy cat ladies. Every time I go shopping I come home with something new for her. She has taught me things I never knew. As a first time pet owner there is so much to take in and learn. Pets have a funny way from distracting you from the overthinking. 






Published by ReadySteadyBreathe

Dana McCulloch Edinburgh Support Worker

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