a human’s best friend: how pets relieve stress
If you’ve ever owned a pet, you’ll understand the joy they can bring. And while it’s not always rainbows, pets are often fun, loving, and handy for keeping us warm when it’s cold. They’re also good for your mental and physical health. Studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to have depression and even have lower blood pressure in stressful situations.
So, how does being around animals work to reduce stress?
While pet ownership can undoubtedly be wonderful, it’s also a big financial and time commitment. The good news is, you don’t need to actually own a pet to enjoy the benefits of being around animals. Volunteering with a rescue centre, walking a neighbour’s dog, visiting a petting zoo or popping to the dog park on your lunch break are all great ways to get your fix, and if you do it regularly it’ll work just as well.