May is Mental Health Awareness Month and now is a great time to reflect on your own mental health and ways to cope with mental illness. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in America. Although this disorder is highly treatable, only 36.9% of people with an anxiety disorder receive treatment. In today’s age, many people are becoming aware of mental illness and being more mindful of the way it affects them. There are many ways to help relieve the effects of anxiety, stress, and depression. Although it is best to consult with a doctor before starti
ng treatment, it has been scientifically proven that your pet can help improve your mental and physical health.
Pets help to establish a routine and provide a sense of security. When you experience the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression it can make you feel lonely, hopeless, and even worthless. Your pet can provide support to help alleviate those feelings. According to a 2016 study conducted by Human Animal Bond Research Institute, hospital patients that received a therapy dog had the greatest decrease in state anxiety scores compared with the control groups.
A pet can also help encourage socialization. Many people who struggle with these mental illnesses experience isolation and loneliness. A pet is a companion that can provide support in ways that other people can’t. Activities like walking your dog help increase the chances of meeting and interacting with other people. It is also a great way to make friends in your neighborhood.
Dogs have also been known to process human emotion. In a study published by the journal Animal Cognition, University of London researchers found that dogs were more likely to approach a crying person than someone who was humming or talking and that they normally responded to weeping with submissive behaviors.
When dealing with issues like anxiety and depression it is best to speak with a doctor to establish the best course of treatment, but with this information in mind, you can use the companionship of your pet to provide relief.
If you have a dog or are considering getting one, bring them to Hill County Pet Sitters Plus in New Braunfels TX. We are a dedicated team of people who love animals! We provide a variety of services like pet sitting, grooming, private boarding and more! In addition to caring for dogs, we also provide services for many other animals like cats, birds, horses, and turtles! Check out our rates to book your pet service today.