Our furry friends are great for playing with, taking on long walks, and companionship. But did you know that cuddling with pets can significantly reduce stress and have additional health benefits?
Even if you don’t have an animal at home, it has been proven that any interaction with animals decreases cortisol levels, which causes anxiety and stress. Petting a furry friend can also help to lower a person’s blood pressure! Along with potential health benefits, animals have been proven to boost people’s moods and reduce feelings of loneliness. Additionally, dogs (and even some cats) are great for keeping away unwanted guests for those with safety concerns. So if you needed any reason to cuddle up with a furry friend, here it is! Spending even 10 to 15 minutes a day relaxing with your pet can do wonders for your health, both mental and physical. Maybe consider adding a spot in your routine for a nightly snuggle with your pup or kitty while watching some television or reading a book. Or, if you want to work out, take your dog for a run or walk! An animal can also hold you accountable for exercising, which is another way pets can improve your mental and physical well-being.
If you don’t have a pet yourself, you have the option of hanging out with a family or friend’s pet or visiting a shelter to hang out with the dogs or cats! Adopting a good girl or boy is also an option, as many amazing dogs or cats need a good home. During these stressful times, having a furry companion can significantly benefit you in many ways. They can keep you company, reduce stress levels, and even have potential health benefits.
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