5 mental health benefits of owning pets

Few young Nigerians grew up with parents who loved pets, our dogs usually lived outside our homes, but this is changing.

Pets are very comforting [Shuttershock]

As more young people move away from home to new cities to live alone, the utility of pets is now more pronounced.

Pets include dogs, cats, fishes, bunnies, and any animals that we care for.

Here are some of the mental health benefits of getting a pet;

Playing with your pet or just having a conversation with it can relieve your stress, lower blood pressure and calm you down. This is backed up by medical research.

Pets offer you incredible companionship when you are dealing with loneliness, because of their unconditional love and the way they rely on their owners for virtually everything, you will end up feeling loved.

Instead of sitting down all down feeling lethargic, pets help you get up and move around as you play, feed and walk them.

If you feel you have so much love in your heart and no one to share it with, try getting a pet, you can shower it with love and affection.

Pets, especially dogs, are very comforting. They know when you are sad or in pain and can sit there with you and lick you as a form of comfort.

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