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Article by Fazeela Syed

What’s the worst thing about mental health problems and taking the well being for granted? The stigma around it, which prevents many of us from speaking up about our mental health and well-being concerns.

In this article, we’ll show you how animals can help overcome the stigma of mental health and speak up about our issues by sharing some of the most interesting findings on animals and well-being. We hope that by reading this article, you will feel encouraged to open up and share your own experiences with others in your life who may be able to help support you through these challenges.


What is well being? 


Well-being is a state of being happy, healthy, and prosperous. When we think of well-being, we often think of our physical health, but it also includes our mental and emotional health. We can promote our well-being by eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and spending time with loved ones. But sometimes, despite our best efforts, we still struggle with mental health problems.

Fortunately, we don’t have to suffer alone. Our furry friends can help us overcome mental health problems and promote our well-being. Pet owners felt less stressed after interacting with their animals than they did before they interacted with them. People who spent time petting an animal experienced less stress than those who spent the same amount of time on other activities like listening to music or playing video games. Animals are great companions for people suffering from depression because they provide unconditional love and companionship – something no human can offer. They’re also better listeners than humans because they tend not to interrupt when someone’s talking which helps people feel heard and understood, which in turn improves self-esteem.


7 little known ways to well being. 


1. Animals can provide us with companionship and unconditional love, which can help reduce stress and loneliness.

2. They can also help us to get outside and get some exercise, which is important for both our physical and mental health.


3. Caring for a pet can also give us a sense of purpose and responsibility, which can be helpful if we are struggling with depression or anxiety.


4. Watching animals play or simply spending time in their presence can be calming and therapeutic, helping to lower our blood pressure and heart rate.


5. Stroking a pet or watching them sleep can also be incredibly relaxing, helping to reduce muscle tension and improve our sleep quality.


6. Animals don’t judge us. This means that, unlike many people in our lives, they don’t have preconceived notions about us or our actions, so they can help to remind us that we shouldn’t take life too seriously.


7. Animals can help us to accept ourselves for who we are, which is vital when we’re trying to overcome our mental health problems. No matter what you’ve done or how different from others you may feel, animals will love you unconditionally if you love them in return.


Pets as therapy


Pets can provide us with much-needed companionship and love. They can also help us to overcome mental health problems, anxiety, depression, and stress. Animal-assisted therapy has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of mental health conditions. Dogs in animal-assisted therapy were able to decrease patient anxiety by up to 10%.

Many people may say that animals should not be used as therapy because they cannot actually do anything mentally therapeutic themselves, but this is not true! Animals are really just another way for humans to connect with each other on a personal level and this makes it easier for them to open up about their problems. We all know how hard it can be to talk about your feelings, but when you’re around someone who accepts you unconditionally, you will feel more comfortable talking about what’s bothering you. Another benefit is that pets require less time commitment than therapists; they’re always there whenever we need them without appointments or schedules!

When it doesn’t work

We all know that feeling when we just can’t seem to shake off a bad mood. No matter what we do, we just can’t seem to snap out of it. We may even start to feel like our problems are insurmountable.

But there is hope!

Interacting with pets increases levels of oxytocin and serotonin, both chemicals which make us feel good. Oxytocin stimulates bonding while serotonin controls moods. When you spend time petting an animal, they release those two chemicals into your system without fail which is why pet therapy has been proven so effective for treating anxiety and depression.

Pet owners are less likely to develop psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. Spending time with animals helps increase feelings of well-being because the love from their companionship releases dopamine – the chemical responsible for pleasure – into the brain’s synapses.

It’s no secret that animals can have a profound effect on our mental health.

They provide us with companionship, unconditional love, and a sense of responsibility, all of which can help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Animals of all sorts can offer us a chance to get outside and be active, which is essential for maintaining our mental well-being.

Reasons Animals can help us

Did you know that therapy dogs help people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Therapy dogs can significantly reduce PTSD symptoms when used as part of a treatment program.

Therapy horses also help people recover from emotional trauma by offering physical contact, safety and security.

Animal-assisted therapy programs have been found to reduce symptoms in children who suffer from developmental disabilities like autism spectrum disorder or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Cats often serve as an antidote to loneliness for those living alone – just ten minutes petting your cat each day has been shown to decrease feelings of isolation.

So next time you’re feeling down or need a break from life’s pressures, go visit your local shelter or park and get some quality snuggle time with one of our furry friends!

Some common breeds for emotional support are Dogs and other animals include cats, rabbits, dolphins and even repcan be helpful for people with mental health conditions.

Emotional support animals provide companionship, love, and nonjudgmental support that can help ease anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

Therapy animals can improve moods and feelings of self-worth in children and adults alike.

They also don’t require as much work as traditional pets do; all you need to do is feed them and pet them! If you suffer from a mental health condition, consider getting an emotional support animal to keep you company and take care of you when life gets tough.

Emotional support animals may not make all your problems disappear, it can alleviate some of the symptoms you feel on a daily basis.

However, sometimes professional therapy is needed to overcome complex mental illness.



There’s no doubt that our animal companions can have a positive impact on our mental health.

They provide us with unconditional love, companionship, and often a much-needed sense of humor.

Spending time with animals can help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.

What’s more, having an animal around when we need it the most can provide emotional support to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one or even facing terminal illness.

Alongside medications and therapy sessions, interacting with pets has been found to be just as effective at treating symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat as traditional treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy or psychotherapy.

Similarly, for children living in low-income communities suffering from chronic exposure to violence, exposure to animals was found to significantly decrease PTSD symptoms.

Isn’t it the best to have someone besides you 24/7, Never gets tired of you?

You know that whenever you get back home, there’s someone who clings to you when they see you and it swiftly changes your mood. Consider these options and It will improve your well-being and mental health.

 So next time you’re feeling down or need a break from life’s pressures, go visit your local shelter or park and get some quality snuggle time with one of our furry friends!

Fazeela Syed

One comment on “The animal kingdom is linked to a life of well being and fun: “Who let the dogs out”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Very well written. Commendable.

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