The pandemic is not over yet. Many of us have to stay at home most of the time or apply strict health procedures while outside. During this difficult time, sometimes we feel anxious and stressed easily. Do you know that we could get many amazing mental health benefits from having a pet at home?
5 Amazing Mental Health Benefits of Having A Pet At Home
Decreasing loneliness and depression
During the pandemic, we all have social distance. As a result, lots of people start to feel lonely and depressed. One of the incredible mental health benefits of having a pet is decreasing your level of loneliness and depression.
Your pet can sit next to you when you are working, just like your co-worker does. Or, they just stared at you while working like your boss does (in cute ways).
Moreover, they can reduce your depression by stroking their furry body on your legs or face, like saying, “let’s have a break for a while.”
Increasing the sense of self-esteem and empathy
Another health benefit of having a pet at home is getting more support from your pets. They are always there when you need them as they can feel your emotion.
When you have a strong bond with your pet, your self-esteem will increase. You can be more positive as you feel loved by your pets.
My pets love to give me kisses or massage my tummy or legs while resting. I can also feel my sense of empathy increasing as I have become more sensitive to others
Lowering stress and anxiety
Your pets can help you to reduce your stress and anxiety. Just playing and talking to them, you will feel relaxed. Remember, pets offer you unconditional love, and they can sense your emotion. Moreover, they can keep your secret, and they will listen to you without judging.
So, if you have a cat, a dog, or other animals, talk to them just like they are your private (free) psychiatrist. However, it would be nice to give them some snacks or a good rub on the tummy after the consultation. 😉
Teaching us to be present & grateful
Being present is another mental health benefit of having a pet. We are aware and mindful of what we do and feel by being present. Also, by being present, we can learn to be grateful
Building healthy habits
Pets can build us healthy habits. Like waking up in the morning, doing housework regularly, exercise while playing with them. I’m a morning person, but I don’t set my alarm clock because I have moving alarm clocks that are too cute to resist
One of my cats loves watching me doing yoga as he is like a guru. Others like supervising me while I do the household, like mopping, doing dishes, and more. I bet people who have cats or dogs experience these too.
Besides getting those health benefits by having a pet, they can make you laugh out loud with their cute acts. While a phrase says, “eat an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” pet owners can say, “Have a pet and keeps the doctor away.”
Do you have a pet at home? If yes, share your experience of the mental health benefits you get from having a pet at home by writing in the comment column below.
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