The mood-boosting benefits of having a pet - Bod Australia

The mood-boosting benefits of having a pet

Our furry little friends are more than just cute companions. Studies have revealed that the support provided by our animal companions can decrease depressive symptoms related to loneliness or inactive lifestyles. We can all agree that a loving set of puppy eyes is enough to bring a smile to anyone’s mind.

A pet can be a great source of comfort, companionship and motivation for their owners. In many ways, pets can help us to live mentally healthier lives.

Why are pets so important?

PHYSICAL MOTIVATION

Pets can be a great motivator for people, particularly dogs and other active animals. Generally, owners are motivated to exercise their pets and in turn get exercise themselves. This a great solution for avoiding a sedentary lifestyle which can lead to depressive symptoms. This is because exercise releases endorphins which not only stimulate dopamine and serotonin (our mind’s happiness heroes) but also helps us to feel mentally sharp in the tasks of our daily lives.

REWARDING CARE

The routine of caring for a pet each day gives your day extra purpose which rewards us with a sense of achievement. This helps our minds to stay focussed on achieving daily goals and caring for others, which are essential elements in a peaceful existence. The other thing many people enjoy about pets is the reduced stress of having a constant supply of unconditional love.

COMFORTING COMPANION

Pets can provide a sense of warmth and comfort. Cuddling and stroking a dog, cat or other pet is a good opportunity to relax and calm yourself. Pets are also, in general, great companions, offering owners a sense of security and someone to share the days with. Given the impact of 2020 and the pandemic, pets have never been a more prominent solution to combat the struggles of social isolation.

SOCIAL BENEFITS

Walking a dog, cat, or even a domesticated piglet often leads to conversations with other pet walkers and/or neighbours. Connections with breeder communities and pet meetups for your furry friend to socialise and play with others of its kind are also a good opportunity for owners to socialise. Connecting with like-minded people who share similar experiences has long been a recognised form of mental stimulation and support.

There is a pet for everyone; if you have allergies then hypoallergenic dogs are a great option or something less furry like a reptile. If you live in an apartment, then a smaller pet like a hamster or bird could be a good choice.

However, if animals really don’t fit with your groove, our Sedistress supplement may be a handy alternative for achieving mental clarity. Harnessing passionflower extract, Sedistress is another solution drawn from nature, alike pets, which may assist to relieve symptoms of mild anxiety and stress. Discover more about Sedistress on our website today.

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