Last year’s COVID-19 pandemic led to a rise in the number of rescue dogs and cats being adopted. With fewer people choosing to have children and more of us opting to stay single for longer, the pandemic forced us to face isolation for a long period of time. For many, a solution to this was getting a pet in an attempt to rid them of their loneliness.
Pet is Great for Your Mental Health
Now, as the pandemic recedes, our world is left changed, but the fact still remains that getting a pet can have profound impacts on a person’s mental health, and here is why:
For Social Contact
Even if you consider yourself an introvert, a social atmosphere is essential, and having pets creates an atmosphere for you to bond with other pet owners. Whether it is your dog’s behavioral issues or discussing whether it is better to feed your kitty holistic dry cat food or the wet kind, you’ll find common ground with more people once you have a pet.
Having a familiar presence to come home to at the end of the day can make a huge difference in your life, especially for people who live alone or are just introverted. Furthermore, having a pet creates a sense of routine and care, as it means putting another creature’s needs ahead of our own.
Pets can be a lot of fun for the whole family. From teaching them a trick to watching the funny things to get up to, ask any pet owner, and they’ll soon tell you there is never a dull moment. Pets force people to get outside which is great for improving your lifestyle, and fresh air is optimal for boosting your energy levels, which has positive implications on your mental health.
For Unconditional Love
Pet ownership doesn’t come without its own unique set of challenges, and it isn’t a decision one should make lightly. However, pets offer humans unconditional love which is one of our basic needs. In a world where people are increasingly isolated and many people are choosing not to have children, this sort of love isn’t always easy to come by. Unlike humans, dogs offer their affection without any judgement. Animals won’t argue, bear grudges, or judge people based on wealth, intelligence, or their sense of humor.
To Help You Appreciate the Simpler Things in Life
In the age of social media, it is easy to become preoccupied with comparing yourself to others. Having a pet forces you to slow down and appreciate the simpler things in life. Whether this means watching your dog chase a ball for hours on end or the laughs you get from seeing your pet get spooked by its own shadow, they’ll show you that you can find joy in life without constantly being on the go.