Animals aren’t only cute and cuddly; they also have a wealth of physical advantages! According to studies, interacting with animals helps to reduce stress, tension, and sadness. So, whether you’re a dog lover, cat person, or prefer horses or goats, spending time around our furry (or not-so-furry) friends may give you some health benefits.
Here are three ways that engaging with animals can improve your mental health:
Pets Can Provide Companionship and Help Reduce Stress Levels
According to research, spending time with pets lowers blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels (the “stress hormone”). This is likely because caring for a pet gives someone a sense of purpose and responsibility, which eases stress. They also provide us with unconditional love and friendship- creating psychological benefits that help reduce anxiety. Not only do pets provide us with endless amounts of love, but they also scientifically make us happier. Owning a pet increases oxytocin (the “love hormone”) and other chemicals that alleviate stress, according to several studies. In one study, oxytocin levels in the brain increased significantly in those who owned a pet. So if you’re looking for ways to chill out, think about getting a furry friend!
From reducing stress and anxiety levels to increasing happiness, spending time with animals can be good for our wellbeing.
Animals Can Improve Mental Health and Well-being
There is research to support that animals can have a positive effect on our mental health. So if you’re feeling low, consider hanging out with your furry friend or going for a walk in nature. People who interact with animals experience less stress, are happier and more peaceful, and have lower anxiety and depression. Therapeutic dogs are occasionally seen in mental health clinics to emphasize the importance of animal-based activities. So, next time you’re feeling down, take your dog for a stroll or visit a local animal shelter; their tails may also brighten your day.
Animals Can Help Us Connect with Nature and Improve Our Overall Mood
Being in nature has a calming effect that most people are aware of, but did you know that interacting with animals may improve our mood and help us feel more connected to the natural world? Studies have shown that anxiety, loneliness, and sadness can all be bettered by simply playing fetch with a dog or watching fish in an aquarium. So next time you’re feeling down, try one (or both) of these things – it just might make you happier.
Why Avanti Senior Living at Vision Park is Pet-Friendly
Avanti Senior Living at Vision Park is a safe and loving community for seniors and their pets. We understand the companionship that pets provide, and we want to make sure that our residents can continue to enjoy the joys of pet ownership. We know that your pet is part of your family, and we welcome them to our community with open arms. Contact us today to learn more about our pet-friendly policies.