A close family friend recently suggested having a dog after losing her husband. She’s already an animal lover, but after the death of her husband, she just felt her house was too lonely. A recent study from the University of Montreal in Canada also found that having a pet can greatly help children with autism. More generally, dogs and cats can help people suffering from stress and the resulting anger.
The reasons for this are varied and different for each of us. Some reasons are: – A LOVING COMPANION: Everyone needs to feel loved at times and dogs and cats (and many other pets) can provide that. They can listen to our secrets, offer friendship and be happy to see us when we come home.
– LET’S WALK MORE: This is more the case with dogs than other pets. Walking our dog is not only good exercise for him but also for us – with the added benefit that exercise can make us feel happier and less stressed, and it is also very good exercise.
– LOWER OUR BLOOD PRESSURE: It may sound ridiculous, but petting our pet’s soft fur can actually help lower our blood pressure when we’re feeling stressed and upset. Watching goldfish is another tried-and-true way to relieve trouble—hence aquariums and larger aquariums are placed in hospitals and medical waiting rooms.
– CAN TAKE US DOWN FROM STRESSIVE SITUATIONS: Playing and paying attention to our pets allows us to forget what was stressing and upsetting us in the first place. Of course, this isn’t an answer to solving problems, but it can help us forget about those milder worries. We might have had a particularly bad day, but as soon as we walk in the door and see our pet, that anger just goes away.
With that advice, two words of caution are necessary. First, there are some problems in our lives that just won’t go away no matter how hard we try to take our minds off them – and while a pet can help in the short term, the best solution is to face the problem and try to solve it.
Second, and most importantly, having a dog or other pet is a long-term commitment and the decision to have a pet should not be taken lightly. Pets cost a lot of our personal time, energy and money. They should not simply be bought spontaneously or simply serve our needs. Already far too many dogs, cats and other animals are abandoned or abandoned in sanctuaries because people cannot or cannot physically care for them.
However, if you feel that having a pet could benefit you and are ready to undertake this long-term, then having an animal companion could be a great help in reducing stress and anger.
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