How Animals Affect Mental Health & More
Recently we’ve been reflecting on the things that keep our mental health, well, healthy. In the past we’ve talked a lot about different ways to practice self-care, like taking a bath, going on a long run or setting time aside to meditate. But we’ve yet to talk about one universal thing that is known to bring joy and happiness to people across the globe – animals! It’s time to give our furry friends the recognition they deserve. Keep reading to find out how animals affect your mental health, which can also play into your skin’s health too!
Pets Help Lower Stress Levels
Studies have shown that interacting with a dog can lower levels of cortisol, the stress hormone and increases the production of oxytocin, a chemical in the body that reduces stress naturally. The sensory act of stroking a pet, be it a cat or a turtle, lowers blood pressure – even for people who don’t particularly like animals! Less stress = less opportunity to break out. Nobody likes blemishes, rashes, and other irritations…
Pets Help Ease Anxiety
It’s been proven that having a pet can help to ease anxiety. Similar to the way a pet can lower levels of stress, they can also help to alleviate symptoms of anxiety – especially in children. This is exactly why we’re starting to see more and more people with therapy animals, it’s because they really do work! Similarly to stress, this can help keep your overall body, which includes your skin ;), a lot healthier.
Pets Can Increase Self-Esteem and Well-Being
Studies show that pet owners have a better sense of well-being. People who own a pet have better self-esteem, are less lonely, are more physically fit and they’re less fearful than those who do not. This isn’t to say that people who don’t have a pet can’t have a high self-esteem and a great well-being, but pets have been proven to increase these attributes.
Having a pet makes people feel loved unconditionally and provides them with a sense of purpose. There were already so many reasons to get yourself a pet and now you have one more! We’re big animal lovers at MOZ and we all have furry friends to love at home, but that’s not the case for everyone. If you don’t have a pet at home try volunteering at your local animal shelter or offering to pet-sit for a friend, you’ll still get all the great benefits this way!
Do you believe in animals having a positive affect on your mental health, and even physical health? Hit us up on social media to let us know how they’ve had a positive impact on your life, or just send us cute photos – we love cute photos 😉 Remember! Less stress, less mess!