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Experiencing trauma can affect every area of a person’s life. Working through trauma with your therapist can, at times, feel draining. If you are currently working through trauma, you may be wondering what else you can do to focus on your healing and move towards your goals.

Having a pet can be very helpful. Owning a pet is a big commitment. Pets take up a lot of time, energy, and money. If you have the means to dedicate to an animal, however, owning a pet can benefit your mental health issues as you work through therapy. Here are just a few of the benefits you may expect from owning a pet.

Teaches Self-Care

Animals can help teach self-care. Most animals will sleep when they are tired. Most animals will also eat when they are hungry and ask to be let outside to go to the bathroom. When they have a basic need, they do what they need to do to have it met.

As you work through recovery, tune into your basic self-care needs as well. If you are tired, go to sleep or relax. If you need time to recharge, then seek out that time.

Helps Avoid Isolation

Traumatic events can lead to isolation. You may not want to see anyone or do anything. Pets can help you feel connected and supported as you work through your strong emotions. In addition to connecting with your pet itself, having a pet can connect you with other people.

Doesn’t Judge

A pet will never judge you. Pets don’t care about your past choices or behaviors. They don’t care whether you are in therapy, going to school, or working two jobs. All they care about is your love and attention.

Many people who have mental health issues fear that they will be judged by other people; the stigma associated with mental health issues is real. You can take comfort in knowing that your pet will never judge you. Your pet can help you learn what unconditional love feels like.

Owning a pet can be a powerful addition to traditional therapy. If you are working through trauma, you know how devastating and emotional the process can be. Owning a pet can help you work through your trauma and experience unconditional love and support within a judgment-free relationship. Here at The Guest House, we understand how challenging it can be to work through trauma. We are here to help and support you. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options.