We love our furry friends at LASP! Did you know there are health benefits to having pets in your household too?
Here are 7 ways pets can improve your health:
1. Pets Reduce Stress
Research shows that just patting your pet, or watching your fish swim, can ease stress, help you to relax and actually reduce your blood pressure.
2. Pets Provide Companionship
You are your pets' whole world! They bring so much affection, loyalty, honesty, acceptance, love and consistency to your life. Pets can help reduce loneliness and be a great support friend.
3. Pets Fulfil the Need for Human Touch
Most people feel better when they have physical touch with others. Simply patting your pet can reduce your heart rate.
4. Pets can Help you Get Organised
The routine of feeding, cleaning and exercising your pet can help give you a sense of purpose and motivation which can help your self-esteem, wellbeing and mental health.
5. Pets Provide a Sense of Purpose
The responsibility of looking after a pet can give you a sense of purpose in life and help improve mental health conditions like depression, loneliness or anxiety.
6. Pets Increase your Social Interaction
Pets create opportunities for better social interaction, especially if you join an animal club or attend pet shows. Going to pet-friendly parks, events and beaches can increase your social network too.
If you have a fear of social situations, a pet can help with slowly introducing you to other people with pets.
7. Pets can Improve your Fitness
Regular walks for your pets is good exercise for your too. Regular exercise is great for your overall wellbeing and health, you can also use the time walking your pet to improve your fitness and enjoy the outdoors and develop mindfulness and relaxation.
Here are our LASP team pets!