Pets for Stress Relief?
Thinking about getting a pet for stress relief? If you are going
to be the main caregiver, make sure you know what is involved in
caring for the pet of your choice before you decide on getting one.
Owning a pet isn't for everyone. One person's idea
of stress relief is another person's idea of stress. For example,
some people find taking a dog for a walk a good way to obtain stress
relief, and knowing the dog needs to be walked is a good motivator
to get the exercise they both need. For others, it is a chore -
the thought of having to walk the dog produces stress, rather than
relieves stress. If they don't take the dog for a walk, they
feel guilty. This isn't my idea of stress relief.
In general, people who own pets have lower levels of stress than
those who do not own pets. However, people who own pets usually
have made their decision to get a dog, cat or other pet because
they enjoy animals and the stress relief is just an added bonus.
Having a pet has many benefits, both mental and physical. Besides
stress relief, pets provide entertainment, companionship, and comfort.
Pets provide a distraction from one's own problems and can
relieve depression and anxiety and even physical pain. Petting a
dog or cat usually relaxes both the pet and the person petting it,
providing stress relief and feelings of satisfaction. Interacting
with a pet even produces physiological changes such as decreased
blood pressure and heart rate.
With pet ownership come responsibilities. If you're seeking
stress relief, make sure your decision to get a pet is well thought