Pets, with their soothing presence, are great anti-depressants. Research has shown that owners of pets will have comparatively lower blood pressure and pulse rate while they are doing mental and stressful tasks than those people who do not have pets. These tasks may range from supervising the homework for children to family intervention. Studies have also indicated that when you watch a fish glide in an aquarium tank, it will lower your blood pressure significantly and it will also reduce the tension in your muscles. It has been pointed out that people who are recovering from heart ailments and surgeries will be able to recover faster and survive for a longer time when they have pets at home. The mere presence of pets is sufficient for staying healthier when compared with those people who do not have pets.
You will receive unconditional love
Pets do not keep any conditions for being loyal to you or giving you their attention. They will come up to you and snuggle even if they are not feeling up to it. They will not have moods when it concerns you. A recent study done at the Johns Hopkins was reported in their Depression & Anxiety Bulletin informed that residents of a nursing home in St. Louis did not feel lonely or depressed when they were given the companionship of a dog whereas some of them still felt depressed and lonely when they were visited by humans. This study involved the enrollment of forty nursing home residents who had been identified with high scores on a scale of loneliness. Half the residents were asked to spend time with a dog for half an hour every day and the other half were visited by other residents. The measure of loneliness was considerably lower in that group of half the selected residents who were spending time with the dog.
Pets can change the way you behave
It is possible that you have come back home in an angry or a depressed state of mind and you want to take out that frustration on someone in your family; just then, your dog runs to you, asking you to pat and give attention. You will kneel down and pat him on the back; the pet will lick your face and you will be forced to smile. After that exchange, you would have forgotten about your bad moods or your anger. The pet of yours has helped alter your behavior. People will feel relaxed and calm when they spend time with their pets.
They will transport you into a different world
Pets have that uncanny ability of taking people out of their heads and transporting them into another reality, just like books and movies. This world is full of affection, food, water, play and fun. Distraction has been found to be one of the most effective therapies for treating anxiety and depression. It has even worked with people when they have hit such low points in their lives from where there was no getting back their sanity.
There is no denying the fact that the touch of your pets has the healing power. When you hug your pets, it will reduce the levels in the stress hormone known as `cortisol’. That healing touch from your pets will also help in optimizing and building your immune system. Touch will fill your bodies with oxytocin and this hormone will reduce stress levels. Hence, pets are the biggest anti-depressants.