How Pets Can Help Improve Your Mental Health

Feeling a bit down? Need a boost to get you feeling better? Spending time with a pet can work wonders in no time flat.

No matter who you are or what you do, life can get to be a bit much sometimes. There are days when even the most basic tasks can be quite a struggle. The daily ins and outs of life can certainly wear you down. Instead of waking up and going to work each day, you'd rather pull the bed sheets over your head and never peek out from underneath.

How do you get yourself out of this funk and back to feeling more normal? While there are all sorts of things you can do to up your mental health, there's one activity which is head-and-shoulders above the rest. Instead of sitting down with a cup of soothing tea or listening to some calming music, why not find a way to spend some time with furry friends? It's amazing how quickly a pet can turn your life around.

Pets Get You Moving

If you have a pet like a dog, your life is going to get a lot more active. Dogs have to be taken outside a number of times during the day for all different reasons. Sometimes when you're feeling downtrodden and you're stuck on the couch, the last thing you want to do is have someone or something pull you out of your rut.

When it comes to a puppy, you have no other choice. You have to pick yourself up and get outside of the house. Getting outside and moving around with your pet is going to put you in a better mood without you even knowing it. Even the simple act of going for a walk with your dog will help get your mind and body feeling better.

Throw in some playing in the park with your puppy and you'll be smiling from ear to ear in no time. No matter how you're feeling, your pet is always ready to play with you and have tons of fun.

Pet Away The Stress

Most animals absolutely loved to be pet. Dogs and cats are known to nuzzle up to their owners for a bit of back rubbing or head scratching. You can't blame a pet for always wanting some tender loving care! Who wouldn't want to be scratched for a good portion of the day?

While you may think your pet is the one getting all the love and attention, the act of petting in and of itself can be extremely therapeutic for the owner as well. The basic motions and feelings of rubbing a pet are scientifically proven to take away stress in humans. The physical connection you share is extremely beneficial.

Believe it or not, a session of heavy petting will release oxytocin into your body, which is the hormone related to stress relief. After a few minutes of cuddle time with your furry friend, you'll be feeling back to normal.

Always There For You

A lot of our stress in life comes from the interactions we have with other people. For all the great friends and family we have in our life, we can still have moments where we don't see eye-to-eye with one another. This can lead to uncomfortable moments and tough challenges ahead. When those feelings rush at you, spending time with a pet can easily counteract the negativity.

Pets are always going to be there for you. Your turtle is never going to judge you for what you said to your co-worker. A kitten isn't going to think less of you because you got into an argument with your spouse. Pets are here to love you unconditionally and never make you feel bad about who you are and what you do.

They also happen to be great listeners, so feel free to vent all your frustrations until you feel refreshed! This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the benefits of pets. There are so many things they can do for you by simply being around.

There's no doubt about pets being a big time and life commitment, but what we get in return is so valuable, it makes the hard work and effort more than worth it.

Uber driver Brandi knows how much pets can turn your life around. She became the owner of a pitbull puppy when one of her passengers abandoned the dog in her car! Three-year-old Feileadh knows how great pets can be as well. Her puppy ran away and seemed to be gone forever, yet somehow miraculously returned a full year after it ran away.