Saturday, October 4, 2014
Can a pet help with your depression? According to Web M.D., it might.
Studies show animals can reduce tension and improve mood. UNCOMPLICATED LOVE: You don't have to worry about hurting your pet's feelings or getting advice you don't want. RESPONSIBILITY: Although taking care of yourself is hard enough, a little responsibility can help. It will give you a sense of importance and value. You are more capable than you think. ACTIVITY: You need exercise and dogs need to be walked. ROUTINE: Having a daily routine helps with depression. Waking you in the morning, walks, and needing to be fed. COMPANIONSHIP: With having a pet, you are never alone. TOUCH: Studies have shown that petting an animal can lower your heart rate. BETTER HEALTH: Pets can lower blood pressure, reduce stress, and boost levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain.