Money Matters Team

How pets can help beat the blues

By Money Matters Team 18/01/2021

How pets can help beat the blues

Pets can have a positive impact on our wellbeing. Good mental health and pets are regularly linked as they’re always there for us and offer companionship when we need it most. Read on to learn more about the benefits of having a furry friend in your home.

A sense of purpose

Pets love a routine. Everyday tasks such as feeding time or walks give those of us struggling with mental health a sense of purpose. Without you to take care of them, a pet would struggle to survive. This responsibility can be very rewarding and boost our feel good factor.

Social contact

As around half of the UK’s households are home to a pet, it’s likely that you and a complete stranger have something in common. As a nation of dog lovers, the daily walk in the park can be a chance for you to meet and chat with people just like you. This is especially important if you live alone as socialising is key to maintaining good mental health.

Pets are comforting

Good mental health and pets go hand in hand. Just the presence of a pet can have a calming effect- and pets make loyal and loving allies. Those of us who are less outgoing can really benefit from having a pet around the house.

It’s been proven that simply having a pet close by can help us avoid stress and anxiety. This companionship also combats loneliness which in turn can help us deal with depression. All of which means your four-legged friend can keep you mentally and physically healthy– so what’s not to love?

The immune system

Children who grow up in homes with pets are also less likely to develop common allergies. Allergies can cause us to become lethargic and suffer from insomnia – which can make us more vulnerable to mental health issues, such as depression.

Pets make you smile

Finally, if your pet does something cute or funny, our natural reaction is to smile. Smiling results in your serotonin and dopamine levels increasing – and these are directly linked to feelings of calmness and happiness.

On the NHS website, you’ll find a list of mental health charities, organisations and support groups that can offer expert advice.

Pets are loving and great for our well-being, but remember it’s important to protect your pet with pet insurance. Sainsbury’s Bank Pet Insurance is provided by Pinnacle Insurance plc. Explore our pet insurance policies today.

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