Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.Anatole France
There is a reason dogs and pets are called “man’s best friend.” Having a pet is a blessing and brings forth much needed peace in our chaotic lives. My sweet Oliver, pictured above, is one month shy of 15 years, and he’s been my constant companion and treasured confidante the entire time.
As each of us experience our own form of anxiety (thanks coronavirus!), we are faced with difficult trials and tribulations. Stresses are at an all-time high right now and we are all in desperate search for some much needed peace and tranquility.
Owning a pet can be just the key! Here are several PROVEN reasons you should consider getting a pet.
Pets Help Us Make Healthy Lifestyle Changes.
Owning a pet is more than just having something unconditionally love you; they help you love yourself. According to Help Guide, having a pet helps you make healthy changes to your lifestyles. For instance, pet owners’ exercising automatically increases with a pet. Your pet will want to go outside for walks, thus getting you up out of your chair and in the fresh air.
Science has proven that exercise raises endorphin levels. When endorphin levels are raised, we can get an overall “happy” feeling. Think of it as a natural mood booster. Plus, you may fit into “those” jeans again… also making you feel happier. Win win!
Pets bring us companionship and comfort. There is nothing quite as satisfying as having a wagging tail greet you at the door and be by your side. This companionship helps battle feelings of: lonelieness, anxiousness and purposelessness.
Pets stay in the moment and teach us how to do the same. Valuing the present moment is a wonderful way to ease anxiety, the “fear and projections of the future” syndrome. Pets allow us to feel more mindful and appreciative of the present moment.
Structured and Satisfied.
Having a pet requires a level of responsibility. With responsibility comes structure. Psychology Today revealed that “embracing routines can positively impact your mental health.” Pets need a scheduled feeding, walking and play time to be properly cared for.
Creating a healthy routine helps establish balance, both physically and within your mind. You will feel productive and accomplished when your routine is followed, and you may even start to enjoy yourself!
Meet Like-Minded People.
Who doesn’t love people who love animals? Having a pet paves the way to meeting other animal lovers. Taking your pet to a training class, a walk in the park or perhaps a dog park lands you in front of other like-minded individuals.
Having a pet makes it easier to break the ice when meeting new people. Who knows, you may even have weekly or daily pet and doggie dates!
Having a pet is a great stress reliever and may even help break you out of your shell. It may feel difficult being that many states are in quarantine; however, now is the time to reach out to your local animal shelter and adopt a furry friend. They will rest assured bring joy and help alleviate anxiety symptoms from your life.
Our cast of celebrity pets, in order of appearance:
Oliver, Augie, Chyna (In Memorium), Brutus, Otto, Honey Bear, Gigi, and Omar & Allie