How pets ease stress & encourage healthy living

Stress free pet living

Welcome to the 21st century; life is busy and full on and most of us work on average 40 + hours per week.

Let’s face it we all seem to be running around at 100 miles an hour, working, socialising and of course looking after our precious families and pets.

Stress is understandably a pretty common issue in all of our lives. Healthy stress gives us the motivation to meet deadlines, it can help win that game of tennis and can keep us on track when things get hard.

However, unhealthy stress can leave us feeling tired, sad and have a huge effect on our overall health.

BUT, did you know owning a pet can add years to your life by lowering stress levels?

How, we hear you cry? Well, it has been proven pets have a positive effect on our busy, stressful lives. Pets can lower blood pressure, help us review what is important in life and make us laugh just when we need it!

Time to De – stress

We have compiled our Top 5 ways your fabulous pet helps lower stress levels.

1. Exercise

OK, so hardly a surprise!

Exercise is one of the best ways you can combat stress levels and release feel good hormones. Pets are an awesome way of encouraging you to up your daily steps and drag you out of bed in the morning.

Exercising for as little as 30 minutes everyday will help feel good hormones shine through, not only will you feel happier and more relaxed, you will feel fitter too.

Top Tip: Healthy mind = Healthy body.

2. Interaction

Human beings need social interaction, we are wired to communicate and feel a connection with others. Pets can offer the connection we crave; interacting with our pets can boost our cognitive function as well as make us feel less lonely.

Pets have the ability to be able to understand what we are saying to them, they sit happily taking everything onboard and giving us love and hugs when we need them.

Top Tip: Talking to pets reduces stress and anxiety.

3. Relaxation Buddy

We all need that someone we can veg out on the sofa with and pets make the perfect relaxation buddy. Taking time to sit back, relax and stroke your pet will seriously help bring down your stress levels.

Petting has been proven to lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and generally improve our mood.

Top Tip: Let’s get petting.

4. A good Distraction

After a crazy busy day at work the thought of walking through the door and being greeted by a wagging tail or a beautiful deep purr can often get us through the day.

Pets are the perfect distraction from our hectic lives, as soon as the door closes our pets are their to remind us what is important in life. When times are tough and work is stressful your pet will offer the perfect distraction.

Top Tip: Distract from stress by hugging your pet.

5. Listen & Breathe

Have you ever spent time out of your day to just sit and listen and NO we do not mean your iPhone or youtube.

Sitting back, relaxing and listening to your pet can actually reduce your stress levels. On this occasion it seems like cats are the magic tonic for our ears.

Cats and more importantly their purr seem to have the ability to send us into a therapeutic state. The tone of a cats purr sits at a frequency that our breathing naturally falls into the rhythm with.

As our breathing becomes slower and deeper, our stress levels are reduced and anxiety levels are lowered.

Top Tip: Breathe in deep with your purring friend.

Perfect pets

As a pet lover you will already know the love and joy your pet brings into your life.

Pets offer you an ear when you need to talk, they are there for you at the end of a stressful day and you know they are always willing to share a HUG or two. 

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