1. Pets may help reduce depression and anxiety
Some studies show that owning a pet can help to reduce depression and anxiety. This can be through providing a sense of purpose and self-worth by caring for someone other than just yourself, and from the sense of calm when sitting and stroking your pet.
2. Pets help establish a daily routine
Finding it hard to get out of bed and get motivated each morning? Owning a pet, especially a dog who needs to be walked every day, can help with your daily routine as you schedule it around your pet's needs. Having a hungry pet nudging you out of bed each morning isn’t a bad way to start the day.
3. Pets provide constant companionship
The impact of isolation and loneliness felt by many people can be reduced by having physical contact with animals. Having someone to talk to – even if they can’t talk back – can be beneficial if you’ve got a lot on your mind.
4. Being outdoors and in nature
We know that getting outdoors and being in nature is good for our mental health. Being outside with your pet – walking your dog, cleaning rabbit or guinea pig cages or even collecting the eggs from your chickens – gets you outside and into nature.
5. Socialising with other people
Having a pet can help owners stay connected with other people. Going for a daily walk with your dog can lead to conversations with other dog owners, or you may get involved in animal clubs or classes. Connecting with other people helps to improve your mental wellbeing.