Pets: they are invaluable for your physical and mental health

Pets: they are invaluable for your physical and mental health

Pets have a positive influence on your mental and physical health. This is knocking on an open door, but is remains a fact. Countless research confirms what pet owners experience each day: With a cat, dog or other pet you feel happier, better and less lonely. And your physical health benefits.

Are you really who you are?

At first glance a strange question. However, the answer explains why we feel so good around pets. Every one of us plays a role – often unwittingly – every day. Or even more than one. The friendly neighbour, the colleague whom you can ask for anything, the super-cool parent. You assume all those roles because you want others to accept you. You are almost never who you really are. And that creates stress. Pets are who they are. They do not have a self-image and do not judge others. They love their owners unconditionally. The result: you get the relaxation and rest you are looking for.

Love, contact and movement

One of the basic needs of people is love and connection. You love your pet, you stroke it, hug it. It has been scientifically proven that pets free hormones in your body, which makes you feel happy, cheerful and relaxed. There are also social and physical aspects. With a dog or horse, for example, you get regular exercise and every day meet other people during your walk. Your pet breaks the ice, making it easier for others to talk to you.

Pets keep you physically healthy

Do you have a physical or psychological illness? Then you will feel better with a pet. Research shows several advantages. Do you want to stay healthy? Then bringing a pet into your home is a wonderful idea. Pet owners have less cholesterol, lower blood pressure and less chance of heart disease, asthma and allergies. Owner with a depression? Then you will feel less depressed and take fewer sleeping pills and antidepressants with a pet. If you suffer from a long-term sickness, you will feel less anxious and less isolated at home.

Pets and children

The positive effects a pet has on a child? These are almost impossible to count. But here are 10 for now. A child with a pet:

  • Is less bored
  • Gains more responsibility and improves his or her social skills
  • Learns important lessons about life, love and loss
  • Is more organised, punctual and has more self-discipline
  • Has more self-confidence, is more resilient and feels emotionally supported
  • Has better social skills as an adult
  • Easily recognizes the emotions, feelings and needs of others
  • Learns, remembers and develops better
  • Has less stress and a lower blood pressure than children without pets
  • Has less chance of developing allergies/span>

Pets and the elderly

Older people with pets? They have a better physical condition, less stress and feel less lonely. Because you as an elderly person care for your pet and do something with him every day, you will have an appetite for life again. Residential care centres where animals are welcome also see positive effects in elderly who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer patients.

Pets and people with disabilities

Pets play a major social role for people with a disability. Especially dogs provide comfort, warmth and friendship. You become much more independent and integrate much more easily into real life. Assistance dogs, in particular, give you a more positive attitude. You feel that you are important again, that you belong and participate.

Conclusion? Whether you are young or old, sparkle with health or somewhat prone to illness: With a pet, you are physically stronger and have a more positive outlook on life.

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