Why Pets are Good for Our Health
Now, more than ever, we need to be paying attention to our mental and physical health. Having a pet can bring many health benefits. If you don’t have a pet, this might be the perfect time to adopt a furry companion.
Dogs need to have regular exercise and so do you! Walking or running with your dog can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels according to an article by the CDC. Farbach Werner Nature Preserve in Colerain Township, is an awesome place to walk your dog and enjoy some time in nature.
Even playing with your pet can help you to get moving. Whether it is a game of fetch with your dog or a round of chase and jump with your cat - all pets need to release some of their extra energy and playing with you is the perfect way. If you are looking to get out of the house a bit, an outing to near-by Simmonds Family Dog Park would be enjoyable for both you and your dog. You can have a little social time with other dog “parents” and your dog can hang out and play with some other canines.
Simply stroking your pet can help you to relax and lower your stress levels according to an article on today.com. Less stress equals a healthier heart for you. Being petted is beneficial for your pet, too. It can strengthen your bond, increase their circulation, and calm them.
Pets can be good for your mental health as well. Animals can be wonderful companions. Their mere presence can help with feelings of loneliness or isolation and can also ease anxiety and depression. They always have an ear ready to listen and a non-judgmental attitude. Your cat does not care if you are still wearing your pajamas at 2:00 in the afternoon or if you stopped wearing make-up 6 months ago. They just want to be with you. A conversation with your dog might be a little one-sided, but sometimes it just helps to get all of your words out.
If you are feeling a little lost or rudderless, having a pet to take care of can give you a sense of purpose. Companion animals rely on their people for all of their needs. It can feel good to be needed and to care for a pet. Rescuing an animal - adopting a homeless cat or dog from a shelter or rescue organization - is a selfless act that can help you to feel uplifted and fulfilled. You are doing good and saving a life.
Bringing home a pet shouldn’t be an impulsive decision as it can be both costly and time-consuming. But even though becoming a pet “parent” is a big responsibility, the benefits definitely outweigh the negatives and if it's right for you - it's a decision that will both enrich and enhance your life.