Well Being

16 Ways Owning a Pet Actually Improves Mental Health and Overall Well Being

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Coming home after a long day to an adorable pet who is just SO EXCITED to see you is probably the best feeling ever. Fur-babies can manage to make you smile even on your worst days. And the sense of relief that you feel when you finally get to go home to your pet isn't just in your head.

Pets aren't just cute and fun to take on walks. Everything you do for your pet every single day is actually helping to improve your mental health. Although pets are a big responsbility, they actually help to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. They can also help to get in shape and are good for your heart.

These are the ways all pets can help your mind and body:

1. They help reduce stress

The rhythmic act of petting your dog or cat helps you to calm down and reduces your stress levels. Oxytocin, the hormone related to stress and anxiety relief, is released to the brain when you connect with your pet. This also helps to reduce blood pressure and lower cortisol levels.