Undoubtedly, we’re all under a lot of pressure these days. But did you know that 1 in 5 US adults experience mental illness each year? Whether you have a diagnosed condition or are experiencing ongoing stress, our furry friends can be a lifeline.
Although it’s long been understood that pets bring immeasurable joy, studies have now shown that they can do even more. For example, interacting with and caring for our fur babies can have a positive effect on our hormone levels and blood pressure.
Read on to learn how pet ownership can help you reduce stress levels.
Pets Reduce Cortisol
Cortisol is a hormone all humans produce and need to regulate our stress response. If our cortisol levels become elevated during periods of chronic stress or as a symptom of other conditions.
A study by Washington State University found that just 10 minutes of interaction with cats and dogs helped reduce cortisol levels in students. They could pet, play, or just be with them–the exposure was enough to help them experience more positive emotions. So if you’re struggling with ongoing stress, maybe interacting with a cat or dog could be part of the solution!
Dogs Keep You Active
One look into those doleful eyes is all the motivation most of us need to grab the leash and head out the door. Sure, you can walk without a dog, but scientists in Tokyo found it has unique benefits. Walking with your woofer not only gets your blood pumping but also increases levels of the calming GABA chemical that can help regulate your mood.
Of course, you also get the satisfaction of doing your doggo a solid at the same time. Long walks and gentle jogs boost their cardiovascular health and may prolong their lives!
Pets Boost Oxytocin
Oxytocin is another hormone that has a role in our happiness. Our bodies release it through social interaction and cuddling with other humans. However, a study has shown that pets can trigger the same response.
Interestingly, the study also showed that dogs benefit from snuggles as well! Their oxytocin levels are elevated following positive interactions with humans, not just their owners.
The bond with our pets benefits us in other ways. It provides a sense of responsibility and commitment away from the stresses of daily life.
Stress-Free Pet Boarding at Pet Ponderosa
Although we love to spend as much time as possible with our pets, there are times we all need to get away. The next time you have to travel, place your beloved pooch or kitty into the safe hands of Pet Ponderosa and keep your stress levels to a minimum.
We’re so much more than a kennel service. You’re giving your fur babies a true pet-cation at our resort and spa. From relaxing in their luxurious climate-controlled kennel to grooming and walking, your pet will return to you relaxed and refreshed.
Got any questions or concerns? Call us at (253) 847-7763, or click here if you’re ready to make a reservation.