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Pet Insurance Australia explores the reasons why owning a pet is so beneficial, not only for your health but also your general wellbeing.
There is nothing quite like the feeling of unconditional love. For most pet owners this is exactly how they feel when they are greeted with a slobbery-tail wagging bundle of fur, or the masses of meows and headbutts when arriving home from work.
It is an indescribable amount of joy sharing your life with a pet. Perhaps it’s because our humble companions are able to snap us into the present. They have an uncanny ability to allow owners to only concentrate on the now. Pulling us out of thoughts of past pains, or the fearful future, that can lead to anxiety and stress.
Scientists now agree that there are actual physical benefits for pet ownership. Over the years studies have shown that they can reduce stress and help with a range of issues. Today, many dogs and cats are used in therapy situations and have even been noted to help during times of sickness.
This is wonderful news for those budding pet lovers out there who are desperately looking for a good excuse to become a pet owner. However, if circumstance prevents you from being a pet owner just yet – think travel plans, pet ownership costs and let’s not start on rental properties woes – yes, we understand! The great news is scientist have also proved that just by looking at images of pets, can also help reduce stress and make you feel good (cue YouTube).
But the real benefits are in actually coming into contact with a pet. Patting a dog or cat can significantly reduce stress levels, this is one of the reason pets in workplaces are becoming so popular.
Many workplaces, that encourage a pet-friendly environment see massive benefits for their employees including;
- More focus
- Provide positivity in the workplace
- Less stress
- Better teamwork
- Increased productivity
- Calming effects
- Increase in communication
- Lower workplace stress
- Benefit work/life balance
- Allows mental breaks
- Reduce depression and sad feelings
So, if you know of someone in your life who needs a pet-pick-me-up invite them out on your next doggy walk or invite them over for a cuppa with your kitty. It could be just what the doctor ordered.