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Wellbeing Wednesday - Pets
Pets make fantastic companions, they're also good for your physical and mental health.
Pets reduce stress
Many people feel stress. Research shows that just patting a pet can ease stress and reduce your blood pressure. Even watching fish swimming in an aquarium reduces stress. It can also help you relax and practise mindfulness.
Pets provide company
Pets can be affectionate, accepting, loyal, honest and consistent. If you feel isolated with little support, a pet can help reduce your loneliness.
Pets provide a sense of purpose
A pet can provide you with a sense of purpose, which helps improve mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.
Pets increase your social interaction
Pets create opportunities for better social interaction, especially if you join an animal club or attend pet shows. If you have a fear of social situations, or social phobia, a pet can help with slowly introducing you to other people who also have pets and enhance your mental health.
Remember … if you are struggling to look after yourself, talk to your doctor before you commit to getting a pet!
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