5 April 2022
April is Stress Awareness Month, held every April since 1992 to raise awareness of the causes and solutions for stress.
The past few years have been and will continue to be a challenging period in all of our lives! Many of us have had to face financial hardships, the loss of loved ones and the worry of infection and other global issues.
A lot of people chose to cope with long periods at home by introducing a new pet to their households, because pets are a special companion, especially when we had to limit our contact with the outside world.
The companionship that a pet offers is an excellent way to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
They are funny and sweet, a great comfort to many, provide routine and can often motivate you to get outside in the fresh air, if only to take your pet for a walk. It is also scientifically proven that petting your furry friends can lower blood pressure and help you relax.
Owning a pet is good for your mental and physical wellbeing however not everyone is able to take care of a pet. You will need to make sure you are able to provide the right environment, give sufficient time and have the energy and money to cover all of the needs of the particular pet, so please consider everything carefully.
If you’re stressed and are unable to own a pet, there is help available and there are resources online. You could even spend time with your friends pet or offer to walk someone’s dog that may need help?
As always, please seek the advice of your GP if you feel like you are struggling with your mental health.