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pets and mental healthThere is a strong correlation between owning pets and positive mental health. Animals such as dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, and even goldfish have been shown to improve the mental health of their owners. Here are a few simple benefits of owning a pet.

Helps Build Healthy Habits

For some people, having a routine can have an incredible impact on their mental health. Owning a pet can help build a routine and healthy habits. Owning a pet will ensure you get up every morning. No matter what pet you choose, they will need to be fed, let outside to go to the bathroom, or have their cage cleaned. If you struggle with a morning routine, this will force you into getting up and creating a schedule to manage your time. Owning a pet can also get you outside into nature and perform physical activities. If you choose a pet such as a dog, you will probably find yourself taking the animal on walks, playing outside, or going to parks to get some energy out.

Stay in the Moment

Animals live in the moment. As far as we know, they do not worry about the past or the future. Being a pet owner can help you to learn to stay in the moment as well. Staying in the moment can help you appreciate those around you, enjoy yourself, and not fixate on any future stressors.

Social Connection

For some of us, connecting with others can be challenging and stressful. We may not know what to say, who to try to connect with, or how to go about meeting people. Having a pet, such as a dog, can help you to connect with others. Whether you are at a park, on a trail, or simply out and about, you can step out of your comfort zone and approach others with similar animals.

Owning a pet can have many different positive impacts on your mental health. It can help you build a routine, stay in the moment, or connect with new people. Pets can help you to learn to take care of another living creature and can teach you not to fixate on things you cannot change within your own life. Working with a professional is key to understanding your mental health and gaining the specific skills needed to work through your struggles. Learning techniques such as owning a pet can be helpful for some people. Here at The Guest House, we are ready to help you learn what works best for you. Call us today to learn more about our treatment options and how we can help you at (855) 483-7800.