Do You Have This Mood-Boosting, Isolation Busting Support at Home?
Published by: TELUS Health,
Do you have this mood-boosting, isolation busting support at home?
When thinking about work-life balance issues, we tend to overlook the role of our furry, finned and feathered friends.
Pets play an integral role in making you happy, reducing daily stresses and improving your overall well-being.
A stress reliever. Whether you’re forced to exercise by walking your dog or take a few minutes to admire your pet fish in their aquarium, it’s nice to shift the focus when you have otherwise been glued to your laptop or device. Getting away from technology, even for a few minutes can help reduce stress.
Recharge your batteries. Coming home to a pet who greets you at the door or requires you to interact with them after a difficult workday can help recharge your batteries.
Social isolation. Humans are social beings, and having a pet in the home, especially if you work from home can quell any feelings of social isolation. According to helpguide.org the presence of an animal companion in the home is proven to alleviate feelings of loneliness.
Fulfilling our need for touch. Physical touch is important to your psychological health. Psychology Today notes that touch can reduce stress and boost the immune system. All pet owners can benefit from petting their dog or cuddling with their cat, but it’s especially important for those who live alone.
It can be easy to pay lip service to the benefits your pet brings to your household. But in times of prolonged isolation and time inside, as many are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic, your pet can help boost your mood and reduce feelings of loneliness and disconnection.
With content from Cindy Krischer Goodman