The companionship, love and pure affection that your dog offers can work like a magic to get rid of the anxiety and stress of your life. Some of the prominent researchers from the universities of Manchester, Southampton and Liverpool have found that a properly groomed pet dog can be of a great help for the individuals suffering from mental health issues.
Mental maladies can make people unsocial, unresponsive and incapable of living in a standard society. It robs your ability to respond properly to the social etiquette. For a person who is suffering from a severe mental illness and distress, engaging in outdoor activities like walking down with their dog, tossing a Frisbee in the park or receiving cuddling from their pet will surely bring in a happy and stress-free mood.
The companionship of a dog offers several important benefits-
- It boosts our confidence
- Drives away loneliness
- Makes us feel wanted
- Encourages interaction with nature
- Lowers feelings of isolation and alienation
- Promotes getting out in the fresh air and taking exercise
- Lessens boredom and reduces anxiety
With the ever-increasing work-pressure and hectic lifestyle, stress, anxiety, angst and nervousness have become a part and parcel in our life. Every eight people out of ten suffers from some kind of psychological issues and with the mental problems come other health-related issues that include high-blood pressure, including increased risk of heart attack. The American Heart Association has linked the ownership of pets, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity.
More than any other animal, it is the dogs who have evolved to become acutely attuned to humans. Apart from understanding many of the words we use, this intelligent animal is well-equipped to figure out our mentality. Dogs can quickly get the sense whether the mood of his owner is good or bad and started to act accordingly. If he finds that you are happy, he will become more energetic and quickly started to play with you, on the other hand, the moment he gets the feeling that there is something wrong with you and you are out of spirit, it will cuddle you, try to make you cheer up and do every possible thing to get back to you normal.
The presence of a dog works as a reminder that you are not alienated and has been reported to elicit positive emotions and warmth. The presence of a pet energizes you and greatly lifts your spirit. There is increasing recognition of the therapeutic function pets can play and studies back this up and show that activities with animals can help to get out of complex mental issues.