Having a pet is not only a great experience but a fulfilling one! Did you know that having a pet could benefit our health both physically and mentally? Did you ever feel an upsurge of happy hormones (dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins) during your last visit to the pet shelter?
Having a pet not will not only teach you to become a more responsible person, but you’ll reap all the benefits of having a cute and cuddly companion.
With the increasing rate of mental health issues in our society, keeping a pet is a great way to help improve your mental health. If you’re looking for the benefit of improving your mental health, here is how having a pet can help:
Provide Optimistic Outlook
Having a pet that is depending on you to provide things like a home, love, and food will help you reflect, be grateful, and develop an optimistic outlook on life. Optimism boosts creativity and creativity enhances your work performance.
Help Fight Depression
Loneliness breeds depression. Pets provide us with companionship and support.
Pets are great listeners, and they provide emotional support to us. Cuddling up to your pet will increase the production of serotonin, oxytocin, and dopamine that will boost your happiness level. Oxytocin drops down blood pressure levels.
Therapy dogs are also famous for helping their owners fight depression, stress, and anxiety.
Treat PTSD patients
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) interferes with the normal functioning of the brain after a person has survived a trauma like a car accident, death of a close relative, assault, etc. Trauma leaves the person with anxiety attacks, nightmares, aggression, and flashbacks. Most psychologists suggest good companionship, besides medicines and counseling, to help in the recovery of the patient.
In such cases, pets positively distract the patients. Good experiences with the pooch or kitty can help the patient recover quickly. Moreover, happy hormones will always be at your service.
Help Us Socialize
Pets create several opportunities for their owners to socialize and make new friends. Such socialization creates confidence in the shy and anti-social owners.
When you take your Fido out, you must have seen people getting attracted to him. You must have talked to thousands of strangers due to your pooch or kitty or other pet. You will also be socializing with veterinary, pet behaviorist, and pet trainer, etc.