There is much joy that comes with owning a pet. From having someone to greet you every time you walk through the door to having a reason to get outside and exercise, pets offer an abundance of benefits and can add great value to your life. While you may think that owning a pet can bring added responsibilities, it can also help improve your mental health and well-being. Keep reading to discover how adoption can help you!
Now more than ever, people feel a little lost. Without constant social interaction and daily outings, it’s no surprise that some may lose their way. When you have a pet that relies on you, you will feel needed and responsible. Every day you will have to get out of bed to take your pet for a walk or to feed it, and when you feed your pet, you will remember that it’s important to feed yourself as well.
Improve Self Esteem
According to research, people who own pets have higher self-esteem. A pet is a friend, and for people who are introverted or socially anxious, having a pet is equivalent to having a friend. When you have someone who is excited to be around you, it reminds you that you matter. And, as time progresses, you will become more comfortable around other people as well! Having a pet to care for will ultimately make you more conscientious and less preoccupied with your own problems and issues.
There is much to be said about the effects of pets on anxiety. When you feel overwhelmed or mentally exhausted, petting an animal can go a long way in calming you down and lowering your blood pressure. Many pets can even be trained to become emotional support animals who can sense an anxiety attack coming on and know what to do to help you get through it safely. It’s even been proven that petting an animal causes your body to release oxytocin – a stress-releasing hormone!
Here at ApartmentSEO, we understand just how important it is to have pets at home to boost mental health, which is why it’s so essential for multifamily housing communities to be pet-friendly! Do you have any questions about the ways in which pet adoption can help you and your residents? Ask away in the comments below.