How Dogs Help People Suffering from Anxiety and Depression

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It is of no coincidence that dogs are man’s best friend. The love they provide is unconditional. They can even help people that suffer from anxiety and depression to lead a happier life. There are many different ways that a dog can help you to cope. So, let's take a look at how dogs help with anxiety and depression.

Dogs are such wonderful creatures. It is of no coincidence that they are described as man’s best friend. The love they provide is unconditional. They can even help people that suffer from anxiety and depression to lead a more comfortable and happy life. There are many different ways that a dog can help you to cope. So, let’s take a look at how dogs help with anxiety and depression.

 

Dogs can give joy and meaning to your life

There is only one place to begin, and this is with the joy that a dog brings. Dogs can also bring meaning to your life, and this is especially the case for older people who may live on their own. Dogs help you to lift your optimism, sense of self-worth and morale.

 

Sensory stress relief

Another reason why you should consider getting a dog, such as those at CertaPet, is because of the sensory stress relief they provide. Exercising, petting and grooming can provide you with sensory stress relief, which is excellent for helping you to deal with the ups and downs that life throws your way. Who doesn’t feel better after fluffing your dog?

 

They listen

One of the best qualities any dog has is that they listen. You don’t have to be worried about judgment or talking over you. This is something that benefits all ages. In fact, there was a study conducted that proved having a dog helps children to become more confident readers because they feel confident practicing in front of their furry friend.

 

Physical benefits

Dogs definitely come with physical benefits. Your buddy requires the exercise of regular walks. This is something that will benefit you because it gives you an exercise to stay in shape. Not only this, but it will ensure that you get a good dose of sunshine and fresh air every day.

 

Social interaction

If you are someone who feels anxious or nervous around other people, your dog can help to break the ice. Owning a dog provides you with a natural way to start conversations. You immediately have something to talk about. Awkward situations suddenly become a lot easier as a pet owner.

 

 

Responsibility

This is a benefit that is especially helpful for teenagers and children. Owning a dog gives them a sense of responsibility, and this helps them with their development.

 

Unconditional acceptance and love

Dogs love unconditionally. They do not have opinions, they do not judge, and they do not criticize. You won’t feel lonely when you are spending time with a dog. This is especially beneficial for anyone that is feeling depressed, upset or anxious. You know that your dog is always going to be there for you and give you the love and support that you need.

 

how dogs help with anxiety and depression

 

Distraction

In a hectic and stressful lifestyle, there is no denying that a little bit of distraction can go a very long way, and this certainly applies when it comes to owning a dog. Often, taking your dog for a walk or playing with your dog can be a much better way to take your mind off things than compared with watching a movie or reading a book.

 

Soothing presence

In addition to the benefits that have already been mentioned, dogs also have a soothing presence, which can be beneficial to anyone that is suffering from a lack of mental energy. If you are feeling down in the dumps or frustrated, the mere presence of your pet can help you to recover a lot quicker.

 

Lower blood pressure

Last but not least, as dog owners tend to be more active, this helps to promote lower blood pressure, which is important for everyone.

 

 

There are so many ways a pet can help you if suffers from anxiety and/or depression. From the joy they provide to the sensory stress relief, a dog can help you to feel calm and secure in more ways than one.

How does your four-legged buddy help you in times of need?

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  1. Crystal And Daisy Mae
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    I believe this. When I owned a dog they were part of the family. The love they gave was great. My brother-in-law who was never a dog person started dating my sister and eventually married her. He became a dog person after visiting our house…

    • Front Seat Ryder
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      Aww!! That’s so wonderful. They really are great buddies. So, cool to hear your brother-in-law was converted! 😉

      • Crystal And Daisy Mae
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        I’m glad too. He never had a pet as a kid. Dogs are great buddies. They love you no matter what. Don’t be cruel to them or tease them is what I always say.

        • Front Seat Ryder
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          Oh, wow. Growing up with what I call, a mini petting zoo, I am always interested to hear about others who never had pets. Animals have shaped my life so much.

          • Crystal And Daisy Mae
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            I’ve always had a pet from the time I was born. From a Chameleon to a cat. Yes I owned a dog too.

          • Front Seat Ryder
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            Us, too! No Chameleons though. They would be fun. 😃

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