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A lot of people experience stress while staying at home during a pandemic. Some workers report that their responsibilities have increased, which has upset the balance between work and personal life. You can improve your productivity and relieve anxiety with the proper relationship with your pets. As ironic as it may sound, one of the significant benefits (not barriers) of a home office is pets, which reduce stress levels. We figured out how pets improve physical and emotional well-being and help you be less lonely and more productive.
In conditions of self-isolation, animals help to cope with anxiety and stress. Increased feelings of loneliness and apathy have severe consequences for mental health. People become more vulnerable, and the immune system is weakened, increasing disease risk. It will have to be dealt with even after the end of the pandemic.
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Pets Relieve Stress
“Animals reduce stress and increase productivity mainly because they interact with you on their own, and when they come to your workstation, it’s a good reminder that you need a break,” explains American behavioral psychologist Lotte Spiikerman. Miki Giurescu, an M.A. in clinical psychology, shared how a pet helps her be more productive: “I felt an invisible barrier around me that protected me from stress. I felt freer from stress and happier. The surge of energy allowed me to be more productive. I noticed that I completed more tasks. I think more clearly.”
Physical Exercises With Pets Help With Anxiety
There are particular yoga practices that you can do with your pet. It is a physical activity that stimulates the mind and allows the animal to release energy. Extra training helps not to gain excess weight. The American Heart Association notes that among dog owners, 54% more than those who exercise two and a half hours a day – this is the time recommended by doctors to maintain mental health. Approximately 20 million owners who walk their dogs five times a week have a lower level of obesity.
The @DogsWorkingFromHome profile has become popular on Instagram. “I just took advantage of having my dogs at my feet. I thought we all need some happiness right now,” says Mark Polchleb, Melbourne-based brand manager and profile creator. “I think we’ve all tried to type on the keyboard with the dog pressing its head into your hands,” he says. The account contains photos of various pets, and the only rule is that they must be at home. “Now is the time we are encouraging people to stay at home and indoors. We had people who sent dogs to cafes, I refused,” Mark explains.
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Let’s see which pets can help us relieve stress and even fight depression while staying at home for work and leisure.
Dogs are the most famous therapists and companions among pets. They help cope with depression, quickly calm down in a stressful situation, and feel protected. It is easier for dog owners to meet new people and make friends on walks. Communication and friendship of our pets, according to scientists, make us happier. Emotional support can be provided by a pet of any breed and size that is friendly to people and knows basic commands.
Horses are almost as famous as dogs as therapists and, in some cases, outperform other animals. Psychotherapy is used to treat addictions and help adults and children with mental disorders. Horseback riding is an optional part of therapy. To improve well-being, people can take care of horses. Communication with animals’ ability to recognize and imitate human emotions helps to cope with emotional disorders and learn trust.
Many people are sure that cats are less capable of emotional support than dogs or horses. However, some scientists are sure that this is not the case. Cats are responsive, kind, and sensitive to those who pay attention to them. There is a practice of having cats in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, and opening cat cafes. These animals have a calming effect on people’s psyche, help them forget about troubles, and normalize sleep. Their presence creates a sense of security, and their purr relaxes and lulls. Scientific magazines outline that petting a cat triggers the release of the joy hormone oxytocin.
So, pets help fight loneliness, give you unconditional love, can sense when you’re upset, and try to comfort you. Another plus: the need to feed a pet and walk with them helps you get out of bed when you don’t feel like doing anything and think there are goals and routines in your life. Touch and even sounds like purring can help increase oxytocin levels and decrease cortisol levels. One should not forget that a cat or a dog is a wool therapist and a great responsibility at the same time. Before you get someone, be sure to evaluate your resources.