Getting a Hold on Depression With Pets
As many people know, there have been many scientific studies as to having pets helps to curb depression with many individuals. Being a dog parent is no exception.
For those of you who don’t know, you may be asking how can a dog help curb depression? Well there are several ways.
The first is the unconditional love and bond that is formed with your dog. You leave your home and come back, your dog is always excited and happy to see you with a wag of the tail, maybe a happy and playful bark. This helps to form a connection, a social connection with a living being. We all need connections to live happy and mentally healthy lives.
The next way a dog helps curb depression is exercise. Your dog needs to go out for one long walk or several walks/jogs/runs/swims per day. This gets you out of the house, into nature or out in fresh air at least, which helps lift our spirits and clear our heads.
Another way that animals help depression is that just by petting your dog, that can help release endorphins, which, in simple terms, help to keep us happy and healthy. This also helps to lower stress and make us feel more like we can tackle our every day issues.
There are many benefits that dogs have in our lives, read here to find out more ways that dogs help with depression. Of course this is not the be all, and end all. If you are depressed, it is recommended that you go and speak to someone trained to help, such as a school counselor, a therapist, social worker, psychologist, etc.
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