Having a pet at home not only adds loads of fun to your life, but studies have shown that pets are good for our mental and physical health. Animal assisted therapy or pet therapy is used to help patients with critical illness.
Therapeutic use of pets
Several studies have shown the role of pets in relaxing our minds and reducing stress-related symptoms. If you are suffering from stress related hypertension, consider having a pet at home. Patting or stoking your pet can significantly reduce your blood pressure. Even watching an aquarium full of fish can help to calm your mind.
Increases life span
It might seem strange but having a pet can actually increase the survival rate of individuals. According to a study conducted by City Hospital in New York, patients with pets lived a year longer than patients without pets, after they were discharged from hospital. It has also been found that pet owners require much less medical care for aches and pains arising from stress than non-pet owners.
For people suffering from critical diseases, such as cancer or AIDS, their animal companions help them in overcoming illness related stress. Companion animals are a source of comfort for mentally ill patients, who cannot interact with other fellow humans due to their erratic behavior.
How pets help
Studies have shown that interesting and varied daily activities help in prolonging life. Pet owners perhaps develop a different personality trait than non-pet owners. Communication with pets and the soothing and relaxing touch relaxes the mind. As pet owners take care of their pets, they feel needed. This increases their urge to live longer. In terminally ill patients, this increases their desire to live long.
Keeping any type of pet would work for you. You can have a dog, a cat, a gold fish or a bird. Whichever animal you choose, it should interest you. Further, the pet should share you temperament and lifestyle. Otherwise, instead of relieving stress, it will add to your irritation.