5 Amazing Ways Dogs Can Help Your Mental Health

5 Amazing Ways Dogs Can Help Your Mental Health

May 22, 2020

We thought as it’s mental health awareness week it would be the perfect time to look at the many ways life can be enriched by dogs. 

Especially in this uncertain time we are currently all living in together, we want to share our all time favourite facts about the positive impact dogs can have on our mental health!

For many of us, we consider our dog to truly be our best friend and many already recognise the incredible impact they have on our lives. For others who do not have dogs we hope the below offers a little insight into benefits they can bring to your life;

1. Dogs help keep you calm

Research shows that simply being with your pet can lower levels of stress hormones. For those who suffer with anxiety the companionship of a dog can be the comfort they need to help relax.

2. Dogs get us out of the house

Dogs need regular walks and this encourages people to get out of the house and exercise in the fresh air. This motivates people with depression or anxiety who sometimes struggle to leave the house to get outside and maybe even make new friends with other dog owners!

3. Dogs help us build a routine

People who suffer with depression and anxiety often find it hard to stick to a routine or have structure in their day. As dogs need care it can help give structure to your day with set feeding times and exercise times. 

4. Dogs are always there for you

If you are lonely, living alone or elderly a dog can be the perfect companion to do things with throughout the day. Dogs make us feel needed and very loved. 

5. Dogs give us purpose

When we have something to care for and see a dog grow up and learn new tricks and share their love to others around them this increases our self - esteem. We have achieved something great and we can witness it everyday as a reminder. Dogs give us something to be proud of. 

If you need someone to talk to, contact the Samaritans on 116 123.