As a pet owner myself, I can tell you how much my pets enrich my life. They are my best friends, always there for me and offer unconditional love and support. Furthermore, my pets help to keep me active and motivated. When I’m down, they sit beside me. When I’m happy, they are right there for the ride!
Owning a pet is a big responsibility, and that responsibility means actively caring for your pet. This dedication to your pet is what helps to keep some people motivated. This is why caring for a pet can be extremely helpful for someone suffering from chronic pain, joint or muscle pain, a disability or an injury.
5 Reasons Why Pets Help Relieve Chronic Pain and Anxiety
Pets will give you the motivation to get moving in the morning. They need feeding, watering and grooming. Dogs love to go for walks, which will get you out of the house. Even taking your dog outside in the yard gets you moving and out of your house!
For cat and bird lovers, think of creative ways to play with your pet! Cats love to play games and birds are extremely interactive and can be trained to do lots of things! Find ways to interact with your pet, that you both enjoy, and make it a daily routine. The joy that you see in your pet’s eyes will be enough to keep you motivated!
2. Constant Companionship
Oh, you will never be alone when you have a pet! Pets are the perfect companion. They will be there for you no matter what. For people with pain or disabilities, having that companionship dissolves the feelings of isolation. Your pet will always be there to listen ─ even at 3 a.m.!
3. Anxiety Relief
Pets help to relieve anxiety because they are comforting by nature. Just by petting or talking to your pet, you can feel a release of stress. Just knowing they are there can relieve anxiety for those living alone, and again, they help to keep you motivated. Staying active is a great way to lessen tension and to release pent up energy. Talking, petting, playing or walking your pet also keeps you mind off of your problems, or pain, which is a great stress reliever.
4. Source of Low Impact Exercise
Pets definitely keep you moving! Sometimes even when you don’t want to move! For people with chronic pain, getting moving can be difficult. Start slow. Take your dog for a short walk, then build up on the distance gradually. Play ball with your cat, while exaggerating arm swings or other motions to get your joints and muscles working. Teach your bird to exercise with you! It’s amazing at what a bird can learn! Studies show that daily low impact exercise does help to relieve pain in the long run. The key is to stay motivated, and pets can help with that!
5. Better Mood
Just like reducing stress, pets can better your mood. They do funny things which will make you smile. They love and expect attention and are happy when they receive it, which in return, makes you happy! If you are worried about becoming unsocial, a dog is a perfect companion. They love to go! Go anywhere! So, take them to the park or a local lake. You will notice a comedy between pet owners, like no other!
*Bear in mind that if pet care becomes too hard for you, or if you need an occasional break, pet walkers and sitters are available at reasonable rates to help you. The Arthritis Foundation has tips for finding some pet care services.
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*Note: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose any health condition. Therefore, ask your doctor about any health concerns that you might have.
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