Animal Friends Blog
There’s nothing better than going home after a long day and being welcomed by a pet who’s been waiting all day for your reunion. Personally, I love walking through the door and being greeted by two waggy tails, no matter what kind of day I’ve had.
We do a lot for our pets, provide their cuddly toys, favourite treats and a warm place to sleep at night, but they do a lot for us, too. You may not realise it, but pets boast plenty of health benefits especially helping with mental health especially as the nights grow darker and winter approaches.
Sense of purpose
A pet needs someone to fill their bowls with food and water, they need attention, they need walkies and playtimes. They will look to you for all of this and it will force you to be productive and increase your physical activity, even on the worst days. Not only do they provide a sense of purpose but they’re a distraction, too, from any worries or anxieties.
It’s so important for our mental health that we socialise and keep in touch with other humans, even briefly. Our furry friends are on hand to make sure this doesn’t go amiss. Bumping into another dog walker in the park might turn into a twenty-minute conversation about your dogs, their breeds and their peeves. Pets are four-legged icebreakers and these quick chats can be hugely significant for your mental health.
Helping with loneliness
From helping break the ice on dog walks or with neighbours to simply cuddling up on the sofa and watching TV in the evenings, offering comfort and company when it’s needed most. Pets listen as you vent, and they don’t judge, they love you as you are. Sometimes, they’re the best kind of therapy.
Before getting a pet it’s always best to make sure it’s the right time, that your living arrangements are suitable, and that you’d be able to provide the care it needs. Doing research on breeds is so important, too, to make sure you’re well suited. There are plenty of social pages and websites that will be able to provide you with advice on pets and their specific needs, but you’ll also be able to ask friends and family.
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