How Pets Improve Your Physical and Mental Health

We live in a world marred by hectic work schedules, stress and struggle to constantly adapt to the ever changing parameters of work and life. Stress and depression often gets the better of use and the craving for a companion who wouldn’t judge us when we are in the dumps, increases by leaps and bounds. It is during such times that the need and the value of having a pert as a companion arises, and those who are blessed by pets know what calm and peace really means.

Whether it is petting a dog or stroking the fur of a cat or just interacting with a bird, pets make life wonderful. The benefits of having a cat or other exotic pets such as birds, turtles or even bearded dragons are manifold and are not just limited to cuddling and playing but also extended to health and overall well-being. In modern competitive times, stress and subsequent depression has found its presence not only in adults but also in young children.

How Pets Improve Your Health

Learning of Values, Morals and Care:

Children who grow up in families with pets are known to be more compassionate and caring than families with no pers. From a young age, they learn to care for another living being and understand the importance of being responsible for others.

Physical and Cognitive Development:

Growing up with pets helps in the development of physical and cognitive skills. Having a pet means that one would have to be involved in physical activities to keep the pet healthy. There are wide repertoires of activities – running, jogging and hiking that encourage children and adults to move away from a sedentary lifestyle and adopt healthy living. Young children also benefit from pets as it helps in their cognitive development as well. Their curiosity about the ways of the world can be correctly channeled by encouraging them to read about the ways of the world can be correctly channeled by encouraging them to read about their favorite pet and how to care for them.

Help in Social Facilitation:

Whether you have a shy toddler or are an introvert adult, having a pet has its advantages as pets are great social facilitators. Young children tend to be cautious when it comes to interacting with new people. However, they feel more comfortable if there is a pet around as the pet can act as an icebreaker to form new friendships.

Pets are selfless in nature and accept people for who they are. Their altruistic nature helps children and adults break social barriers and establish social relationships. There are so many instances of families noticing positive changes in their children and also introvert adult family members after a pet joins a family.

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Enhance Emotional Maturity:

Parents are a child’s first teachers. While parents teach the lessons of life like responsibility, compassion and other values, pet become a great reason to learn and build self-confidence. There are different ways in which pets help build emotional maturity, they boost self-confidence, encourage high self-esteem and independence.

Therapy and Treatment:

Children and adults all over the world have realized the importance of pets. Educational institutions seek the help of therapy dogs to help and encourage children to read and gain confidence. Medical institutions now allow therapy dogs to spend time with patients – both adults and children. Many soldiers who returned from war suffered from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) that reduced their normal day-to-day activities. Trained dogs were assigned to them to help them get over PTSD. Also, hundreds of differently abled children and adults have therapy dogs and assistance dogs to help them with their daily lives.

Stress Busters:

Though it may be a bit rare, some companies actually allow your pet to accompany you to work. Studies have revealed that in the offices where dogs are allowed, there is a positive atmosphere and a sense of job satisfaction amongst employees. The presence of the dogs always makes a positive difference to the environment.

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