Keeping Us Healthy & Happy
It is no surprise why our animals are known as “Man’s Best Friend”
Keeping our spirits and souls lifted each and every day, our pets really are the saving grace when it comes to our physical and mental health. With the country back in lockdown for the month, our four-legged friends are the comfort we need when the outside world became chaotic!
From friendly greetings as we walk through the door to endless cuddles and kisses when we need it most, our pets really do help us in more ways than we can imagine and for that we are truly grateful!
Boosting Our Mental Health
Proven by scientists across the world, owning a pet can have a massive impact on our mental health. Cuddling a pet for just 10 minutes a day can improve symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression by up to 70%. Now, we are making no bold claims that owning a pet can cure problems with mental health but the active relationship between you and your canine companion or feline friend can help ease issues and provide you with a secure level of comfort, which sometimes, we so desperately need.
Giving us the motivation to care and love another, having a pet whilst suffering from anxiety or depression can improve our cognitive thinking massively. With physical exercise essential with dogs and cats for play and health, forcing us to be outdoors and exercising our bodies can help us to feel healthier whilst increasing our self-esteem.
Stimulate Our Serotonin
We all love a good cuddle with our pets. Whether you have a snuggly Springer or a fluffy Pomeranian, having a hug with your pets can really boost your mood. After a hard day’s work or even for comfort during stressful or upsetting times, we have all reached for our pets to keep us feeling safe and secure.
According to science, cuddling stimulates the release of serotonin and dopamine, the transmitters responsible for keeping depression at bay, making us feel happier. The act of holding and stroking your pet is a massively effective way to combat stress and anxiety as it creates a calming effect to help you focus on the present moment.
Cuddling your pet can also boost their mental health in addition to your own. Our pets often rely on cuddles to express thoughts, feelings and emotions and use a cuddle to communicate their own anxieties which are eradicated with a hug from their owner. With positive effects for yourself and your pet, a cuddle a day can really make the difference to both yours and your pet’s mental health.
Keep us Fit
As many of us know, exercise is an effective tool in boosting the way our mind works. With physical exercise great at improving mood, self-esteem and goal-setting, taking a daily walk, run or even hitting the gym can have a massive impact on both our physical and mental health.
For all you dog lovers out there, we know how important it is to exercise our four-legged friends. Whether it is playtime in the house, garden or outdoors, giving our pets the exercise they need is vital to keep their bodies fighting fit. Those with active dogs such a Collies, Spaniels and Labradors etc. are beyond familiar with how significant exercise is for our pets. With certain breeds being more active than others, taking your pet for a walk is not just fun but essential.
Spending time with your pet outdoors can really be the boost in mood you need. In addition to improving your cardiovascular health, taking a lengthy walk with your four-legged friend can actually solidify the bond between you and give your pet the fun they need whilst you’re right there alongside them.
Help Our Healthy Eating
With both the human and pet food market becoming more and more conscious about healthier ways of eating, we are creating meals for both ourselves and our pets that are more nutritious than ever before. As dog food brands become more selective about the quality of ingredients they use and raw food diets on the rise, we ourselves are in turn becoming more aware of the food we eat. Not only do we care about the nutrition in our own meals but the meals of our pets.
With dog treats focusing on the power of superfoods such as fruits and vital veggies, we are joining the healthy eating revolution and stocking up on our own grocery fresh ingredients to munch alongside our pets. With autumn ideal for fresh root vegetables such as sweet potato, carrots, pumpkin and super-berries like blackcurrants and cranberries, our diets coincide and inevitably we appear to consume the same wholesome and nutritional food that fills the bowls of our furry friends.