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.

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