How animals can help you relax
If you have a pet, you probably already know how much fun and affection they can bring. However, do you know that they can also bring you mental and emotional benefits? This is particularly true with dogs. They can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and they can ease loneliness!
More than any other animal, dogs have developed a certain capacity to understand many words from humans. They can also interpret your tone of voice, body language, and gestures. In addition, they will feel your emotional state, and if necessary, they can help improve your mood. Many studies have shown that owning a dog can reduce stress and anxiety. But how? How can the “super power” of pets be explained?
Pillar: relax your body
- Touch. Pets, such as dogs and cats, fulfill the basic human need to touch. Stroking, hugging, and touching your pet can help you calm down easily and quickly when you are stressed.
- Structure. Having a dog requires a regular feeding and exercise schedule. It is important to organize a daily routine for your pet, which works for you too!
- Meaning. Pets can help you find meaning and purpose in your life. When you get older, you lose the things that occupied your time before (eg, kids, work). Having a pet can bring you a sense of fulfillment.
- Network. When you take your dog for walk, it is a great moment to call a friend to join you or an opportunity to meet other pet owners.
In addition, pets can help you take care of yourself. They encourage playfulness, laughter, and exercise, which can increase your energy. So, why wait? Choose a pet today!