How Pets Benefit Your Mental Health.


Emily McManus, Staff reporter

Everyone loves their pets. They bring joy, happiness and companionship. But what else do pets help us with?

Pets can help greatly help with your mental health. No matter what you struggle with, animals are there to offer their friendship and support. According to The power of pets  “Interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure.” Pets can release stress and bring you peace.

Not only do animals help with your mental health, they offer a sense of responsibility. Feeding, bathing, and picking up after them not only teaches responsibility, but offers a stable routine. Stability can help reduce stress because you don’t have to figure out a new schedule everyday.

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If your pet is an outdoor pet, the time spent outside not only brings them joy, but you as well. Says “There are many mental wellness benefits associated with being outside in green spaces, such as lower risk of depression and faster psychological stress recovery. ”

If your loveable pet is an indoor animal, spending time with them can bring just as much joy . Not only will they listen but they are always excited to see you. When going through a hard day, getting home and simply seeing them can boost your mood.

From a horse to a hamster, these pets will be there for you. They can help with mental health and will always look forward to seeing you everyday.