There are some days I come home from a day at the office after a hard day and just wish I never had to return. I don’t hate my job, but there are days when I get really stressed out.
Sound familiar? Life is so much busier and there are many demands on us in this day and age, it’s no wonder many are feeling the same way.
My secret weapons are my pets. They don’t need to be doing anything but be themselves and I find myself smiling and that stress and frustration just melt away. I am met at the door, miaowwed at until food is put down and then left in peace. That might sound like they are selfish – “Hi, feed me” and then just leave me be but a bit of quiet time is appreciated.-just knowing they are they are there is great. They do come out and certainly if my dinner is roast chicken!
It is not just me though. Researchers have reported that having pets has a number of health benefits – physical and mental for their humans.
Pets are good for your heart –
Dog owners find they walk more – exercise helps heart health and a walk after a hard day can see that blood pressure just ease as you take that walk.
Cat owners don’t miss out either – sitting with a purring cat has a very positive effect on your stress levels and a pat/purr session is a great bonding exercise for cat owners.
Stress Soothing – Stress can have a detrimental affect on not only yourself ,but your family and their health and wellbeing. Just sitting down and winding down with your pet can have a very positive effect on your mental state. It feels good – releases a relaxation hormone in you and helps ease that tension you felt as you walked in the door.
Theraputic Benefits – I worked in a retirement village a few years ago and I often took the cats, when they were kittens, down to the nursing home to visit the residents. Animal therapy is great for the elderly who often had to surrender their beloved pets when they moved to their current situation. If you had a small pet ( large, boisterous dogs probably might be a bit much) you could offer to visit the residents at your local nursing home. Not only will it be good for these senior citizens and bring them some joy, but it will also benefit you to see you and your pet can do a great thing for others.
Social Interaction- this mainly refers to dog owners as few cat parents walk their cats, however the novelty factor of a cat strolling on a leash could definitely stimulate some banter with your neighbours/people on the street.
Many people wont talk to people they don’t know on the street for fear they may be looked upon as odd or with suspicion. They will talk to animals though and just stopping to say hi to a dog with a wagging tail can then turn to chatting to their humans and establishing a connection. You never know just who might be at the local dog park and singles may meet their “person” just through meeting their dog ( or cat).
So we all know what we can do for pets and now what pets can do for us… there really is no reason not to have one, is there?
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