The Health Benefits of Pets
Recently, I’ve been thinking about the anxiety and depression that so many people are experiencing during this global pandemic. 2020 is an exceptional year, and for all the wrong reasons. My last blog was about the effects of the lockdown on our mental health and I emphasised how important it is to set aside some ‘me time’ to deal with the stress we’re all feeling.
This led me to wonder about therapy animals and pets. Have you ever wondered why pets are so therapeutic – especially the warm-blooded, furry kind? Last year, Metro Magazine published an article about research undertaken at Washington State University. They claimed that stroking a cat or a dog can greatly reduce our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. They were able to monitor this and saw excellent results within just ten minutes. Now, while I don’t recommend that you grab any old cat or dog (I want your fingers to remain intact!), I do recognise that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you’re stroking soft fur – or wool!
Pets as Therapy
I can certainly vouch for it. Cagney and Lacey the Baa Stool Labradoodles definitely help me with my stress levels. They make me smile every day and petting them is like a mini meditation.