Lynne Futura | HealthGreatness

There are many things you can do to relieve stress, but nothing works faster or better than having a pet. There is research that pets promote wellness on all levels, including both physically and psychologically. Many hospitals, rehab centers, hospice care centers, and nursing homes now use pet therapy as a way to help patients to feel better, increase energy, and alleviate depression in patients.

But, in case that doesn’t convince you, here are 5 ways that having a pet relieves stress for the average person:

1. It keeps you from being lonely. Pets offer companionship for people who live alone and help them feel that someone is there for them. And feeling needed and less lonely improves health and may even lengthen the lifespan.

2. A pet gives you a sense of purpose. Pets are dependent upon people to take care of them, so this makes people feel needed and gives them a sense of purpose in their life. When people have a purpose in caring for others, they feel more in control of their lives and less stressed.

3. Pets encourage you to be more active. Dogs love to take walks and run in the yard. Cats are also playful and get you up and moving around more, which helps relieve stress and keeps you from being too sedentary.

4. They lower blood pressure. Studies have shown that pets help lower blood pressure and improve health because they make you feel better in general. Petting your animal is also therapeutic and reduces stress in people.

5. Pets improve your relationships with others. According to one study, the healthy relationship you develop with your pet may spill over into your human relationships, and create less stress in the relationship.

Even pets such as a bird, goldfish, or exotic pet can offer some sense of security and help lessen the feeling of isolation. Taking care of them, feeding them, and talking to them can have significant health benefits for many people which last for a very long time. In addition to all of that, pets are fun. They offer a healthy hobby and past time that can be enjoyed for all ages and dogs and cats often become like a member of the family as you take them on family vacations and ventures.

With all of the benefits you can derive from having a pet, it’s no wonder people enjoy the companionship, responsibility, and physical and mental health improvements they get as a result of having a pet. In addition to these benefits, they can also warn of an intruder, sense when there is about to be bad weather, and much more. Pets are definitely an important and integral part of our lives, and life just wouldn’t be the same without them.