September 20, 2021
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Day, we want to acknowledge how significant our canine companions are in improving our overall well being. All dog owners can appreciate the joy that their furry friend brings to their life, but it’s important to also recognize how beneficial having a pet can be for our mental health!
Exercise and getting outside are also integral to mental health and are scientifically proven to release endorphins and help you live a happier life! All dogs love a good w-a-l-k. Taking your pup out on a stroll or to the park gets you outside and moving, and provides exercise for both you and your doggo. Not to mention, seeing our pups happy makes us happy! When you’re playing outside with your pup, you’re living in the moment, which can also help ease anxiety. Giving your dog the exercise they need keeps you both healthy and present. Plus, we all know a tired dog is a good dog!
Creating a strong sense of self worth is one of the most important aspects in taking care of your mental health. The responsibility of taking care of your furry friend can build self esteem by providing a sense of purpose, just by knowing that you’re their care-taker and you’re giving them the best life possible! Being able to nurture and provide for your dog can boost your self confidence and encourage you to do the same for yourself.
Having structure is beneficial for everyone, and having routine can be especially critical if you’re struggling with your mental health. Owning a dog requires that you create this routine - Even if your routine is built around your dog, the structure is all that matters! For example, pups require a regular feeding and exercise schedule that you need to maintain for them, and doing so creates a balance that is beneficial for both of you! When you have a set agenda, you have a sense of security - This can be a huge factor in reducing anxiety by removing the fear of uncertainty.
We want to extend an extra thank you to all of the service and therapy dogs out there. The role you pups play in supporting your humans is inspirational and we’re grateful for all that you doggos do!
P.S. If you don’t have a pet of your own, there are plenty of opportunities to interact with animals and still achieve all of these benefits! You can spend time with your friends’ pets, volunteer at a shelter, or become a dog walker or pet sitter - The options are endless!
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