Owning A Pet Can Improve Your Health
I can certainly attest to this I have two lovely fur babies – Bichon Frise puppies both females, a mother and daughter. Bella (left) the mother had 6 puppies and Cindy (Right) was the pick of the litter …. the one with the most spunk who jumped out of the pen first! Who could resit these two beautiful puppies, so gentle in nature, well trained, do not bark unless you knock hard on the front door! Use the bell and there is no problem. Do not shed fur, they have wool, not fur. They make you go for regular walks, love unconditionally and require lots of cuddles… which is extremely calming to you. By the way, I strongly recommend you have two pets they are great company for each other – our two are always cuddled up together – check out below for more added benefits.
12 Ways Your Pet Can Improve Your Mental Health
If you are feeling down and weary, and can barely lift yourself off the couch, your dog will always come to your rescue. They will cuddle with you, then motivate you to get up, dressed, and out the door for a walk or some play time.
It turns out that all pets, not just therapy pets, can help your mind, body, and spirit.
Here are a dozen reasons why:
1. They get you outside:
Sun and fresh air elevate your mood and the sun gives you an extra dose of vitamin D. Vitamin D exposure helps fight physical and mental conditions, including depression, cancer, obesity, and heart attacks.
Also, when you go outside with your pet, you are engaging with nature. Try taking a moment to listen to the trees rustling, feel the wind rushing past, and the sun upon your face. The sounds and feeling of nature can be incredibly calming.
2. They get you moving:
Walking your dog and engaging in outdoors activities like tossing a Frisbee gives you a natural energy boost, and allows you to let off steam.
It also makes you more physically fit, strengthening your muscles and bones, which helps not only your body, but also your self-esteem.
Studies have shown that animal owners, both adults and children, have lower blood pressure, as well as lower cholesterol and triglycerides, which may be in part attributed to the more active lifestyle pets promote.
Pet owners also have been noted to have better circulation, and a lower risk of experiencing major cardiac issues. Plus, when your body feels stronger, you are less susceptible to mental health issues.
3. They lessen allergies and asthma, and build immunity:
This one may sound counter-intuitive, but children who grow up in homes with furry friends are actually less likely to develop common allergies.
Studies have shown that children who were exposed to two or more dogs or cats as babies were less than half as likely to develop allergies, including dust, grass, ragweed and pet allergies, and were at a lower risk for asthma.
Allergies can cause people to become lethargic, apathetic, and suffer from insomnia, which can make them more vulnerable to mental health issues, such as depression.
4. Petting reduces stress:
Rhythmic petting or grooming can be comforting to your dog or cat, and you. Concentrate on the texture of his soft fur, the warmth he radiates, and his deep breaths.
When you connect with your pet, oxytocin, the hormone related to stress and anxiety relief, is released, helping to reduce blood pressure and lower cortisol levels.
5. They both distract you and keep you present:
Being present and engaged with your pet takes your thoughts off of the issues that are plaguing you.
When you are fully in the moment, you are not worrying about the past or the future. It’s just you and your pet. Another way to keep distracted and present with your furry friend is to take photos or videos of his or her cute antics.
So check out your choice and more great tips – 6 to 12 on the source below
With thanks to Danielle Hark for sharing this great information and beautiful photos with us….. time to go and get yourself a pet♥ (or two!)