How Having a Pet can Help You Overcome Depression

Having a pet can help you with depression. Many psychiatrists recommend pet therapy to people suffering from clinical depression. Depression has spread like a wildfire these days but trust me all you need is will power to get rid of it. There are many methods which help in depression, pet therapy being one of them.

In America only, there are more than 40 million adults suffering from depression. Not only in USA but it is very common in Europe, Australia and Asia too. There are many new severe cases of depression everyday in every country on the planet.

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But thank God! There are many tools and method available that can help you battling depression naturally and finally winning over it. Approaches such as mediation for depression, mindfulness meditation, heatfulness mediation, pet therapy, yoga, exercise, sharing and socialization have very high and positive effects on depression.

All you need is willingness to get better and have a vision of a positive future with you being your own boss in it.

Therefore, here we are having a look at how your pet such as a dog, cat, rabbit or any other pet animal can help you feel good and getting rid of depression, stress and other mental issues:

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You Feel Loved:

The owner himself is his pet’s whole world. You provide him/her with everything including love, food, security fun and a roof. In turn all you get is a companion who loves you unconditionally. They cannot fake it like most of we humans can.

According to clinical evidence, your pet genuinely loves you. It is obvious that food does play a big role in it, but there are so many things involved.

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For example, do you love your mother and father just because they provide home, education and food to you? No, right? There are so many other things involved. The same goes with pets. They love you not just for food but there are many things involved.

I will explain it with the help of a true story. When I was 7 or 8, we had a dog. We loved him but my mother had some issues with him. So she gave him to one of our relatives but he ran for miles and reached back home just the other day. I honestly don’t know how he remembered the way but he came back to us.

Then my mother gave him to some other relative and the same story again, he somehow managed to get back home again. But then she gave him to some other relative, who lives very far from my home so he could not manage get back home this time. Some years later, we came to know that he died. We all cried that day. This shows his love and affection to us. So moral of the story is, your pet loves you, no matter what.

You Don’t Feel Lonely If You Have a Pet, Which is the Best Step to Overcome Depression:

If you own a pet, it means you have a friend. He/she is always with you. Whenever you feel lonely, you have a companion to play with or to spend some quality time with. It doesn’t demand more, it loves you unconditionally because you are his/her world. Animals also teach you how to be quiet, alone and still be happy.

They don’t talk, they communicate with you just with their body language and facial expressions without even talking. This makes you aware of other living being’s feelings without them telling you about it. your pets are with you and don’t let you feel lonely. This is very helpful if you are battling with everyday stress, anxiety and most importantly depression.

Chronic loneliness leads to depression. If you are not lonely, this significantly minimizes the chances of depression in the first place. You cannot meet your friends all the time but you can keep one friend with you all the time, which is your pet.

Pets Make You Feel Responsible:

If you have a pet, you automatically learn how to be responsible. You feed it, clean it, take it to the park, play with it and take care of it. It brings out the responsible and caring part of you. This shows that you give a damn about it and about life overall.

You learn to take ownership for your actions. This turns you into a responsible person and it is a huge step forward in overcoming depression. You feel like a responsible human being and feel good about yourself. You are subconsciously being trained in taking responsibilities till you finally become that person.

Minimizes Laziness and You Become Active:

Having a pet demands you to be active. It makes you more alert and ware of the situations. This makes you less lazy, which is a good thing if your suffer from depression. You learn to take care of your pet as a responsible person.

You have to feed it on time, take care of it, clean it regularly, play with it, walk outside with it and above all show it your love. Depression makes you too lazy to express your positive feelings such as love and compassion. But you learn to overcome and eventually master the art of expressing just by having a pet.

Having a pet Leads You to an Active Lifestyle:

Having a pet will definitely help you lead a healthy and active lifestyle. Dogs, cats or rabbits need exercise and sunlight, which means you will have to spend some time playing or exercising with them.

This turns you into an outdoorsy person and you start to love it. Meeting new people who own a pet improves your social skills. It means you are growing as a person.

Being involved in any form of exercise and is a huge step forward to get rid of stress, anxiety and depression. Exercise increases endorphins, which help you fight depression and all sort of negative thoughts.

Improves Your Self-worth, Which is A Great Step Forward to Overcome Depression:

You start to feel the sense of responsibility and ownership, which in turn improves your self-worth. Many doctors suggest that you build self-esteem by taking ownership of the pet and taking care of another living being.

It makes you feel confident that you can take care of the pet along with yourself, which leaves an everlasting impact on your personal growth and self-esteem.

Of course, it takes a great person to take care of another living being. Not everyone can do it. Only a person who is not selfish and who values other can own a pet and take good care of it. If you are even thinking about it, it means you are a kind person.

You Learn to Become Social:

Everyone likes pets. When you take your pet outside in a park, people start to notice you and some might wanna play with your pet. This process introduces you to new people. You interact with them and feel good.

Interaction with other people, especially face-to-face, has been proven to alleviate symptoms of many mental issues including stress, anxiety and depression. You might end up having new friends and your social life improves significantly. This will definitely reduce the feeling of loneliness you might feel in a depressive episode.

Gradually, you become used to meeting new people and you start loving it. This is a huge step forward for fighting depression. If you become good socially and regularly start going out, depression will no longer be with you.

You just need will power and believe in yourself. You are no less than anyone. Everyone has demons. Start sharing them with your close family members or friends.

A Study On How Having a Pet can Help You With Depression:

A study conducted in 2016 explored the possibilities of how pets can help people fighting depression or any long-term mental health problem. The researchers found that pets provide a sense of responsibility, security, routine and ownership, which in turn provides emotional and social support to you.

Many other studies have also proven that pets are medium of many good friendships and relationships. They facilitate in getting to know people well, which significantly improves your social life. Having a pet can help you with depression, stress, anger, anxiety and all other kinds of mental problems.

So don’t think about it too much adopt a little one, take good care of it, play with it and make an everlasting bond with your cute pet.

Bhartendu Joshi

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