6 Ways Pets Improve Your Mental Health 

Pets can improve your mental well-being along with physical health.  A pet’s loyalty and trustworthiness is a source of comfort for the owner. Pets have an impact on the psychological development and well being of children as well. Caring for a pet can teach us basic emotions of empathy, patience, sympathy, etc. They help us improve our level of emotional intelligence. The following are ways pets help us improve our mental health:

· August 03, 2021

6 Ways Pets Improve Your Mental Health 

 

By James Shore

 

Pets can improve your mental well-being along with physical health.  A pet’s loyalty and trustworthiness is a source of comfort for the owner. Pets have an impact on the psychological development and well being of children as well. Caring for a pet can teach us basic emotions of empathy, patience, sympathy, etc. They help us improve our level of emotional intelligence. The following are ways pets help us improve our mental health:

1. Older Pet Owners with Alzheimer’s:

Having pets at home keeps the elderly busy and social with other pet owners. Pets give the aged pet owner a reason to go out for a walk and discuss with others the qualities and problems of their pets.  The dog owners have to care for the dog to give him food, water, exercise, etc.  People with advanced Alzheimer do not usually socialize often, but can easily communicate with pets. 

2. Mental Health Improvement:

Golden Retrievers and Labradors are usually trained as therapy dogs to assist people who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), autism, dementia, and other disabilities.

Dogs provide a positive distraction for the patients and bring ways of fun into their lives. Studies in some patients have shown improvement in both  mental and physical health, in addition to development of a balanced personality.. 

3. Greater Social Interaction:

For antisocial people, pets create different opportunities for them to interact with other pet owners. They have to come out of their cloister and become more communicative. These social interactions create confidence in shy and lonely beings to participate in pet-friendly events, animal clubs, and pet shows. Even a daily walk will attract people towards your pet and may help you make some new friends. With greater social interaction, confidence and self-esteem, they will become more communicative and optimistic towards life. 

4. A Decrease in Blood Pressure: 

A 2002 study conducted by National Center for Health Research shows that there was a great difference in heart rates and blood pressure of pet owners than non-pet owners.  Balanced blood pressure and heart rate were observed in pet owners even during the times of stress. A moderate blood pressure level and heart rate lead to optimal performance levels.

5. Gives Young Children a Confidence Boost:

Children who are brought up in a pet-friendly home have a strong immune system. Dogs help children with high levels of emotional intelligence. Researchers have found that children who grow up with pets are more responsible, compassionate, and empathetic. The companionship and protection provided by a dog makes the dog feel important. He doesn’t feel neglected or bored throughout the day and can attract people everywhere they go.

6. Reduced Depression and Isolated Living:

Loneliness is the primary cause of stress and depression. Depression leads to poor performance and mental health. By building positive relationships and connecting with other pets and people, positive emotions get a boost. When the pet owner thinks of ways to make his pet happy, creativity comes to the forefront. High oxytocin levels in the body keep them optimistic and content with life. Such optimism and creativity leads to better performance in one’s personal and professional life.

 

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