Pets serve a larger purpose beyond companionship. They also have therapeutic benefits and can serve as a source of both comfort and support. Pets are good for both our mental and physical health. Pet owners tend to feel more secure, less lonely, have lower blood pressure, feel less depression, and have positive mental well-being. Pets fulfill the basic human need for touch. Stroking, hugging, or touching a loving animal can rapidly calm and soothe an anxious or stressed person. Other benefits of owning a pet are the unconditional love they give and giving their owners a sense of purpose and structure to their daily lives, all of which go a long way towards having positive mental health.
The professionals at Plains Area Mental Health collaborate with clients to create a plan that addresses specific needs and goals. A caring approach integrating evidence-based practices is designed to address life’s struggles effectively in a way that is also uniquely tailored to you and your family. Whether you may face life’s daily stress or a chronic mental illness, we are here for you.
P.S. Pet care and self-care go hand in hand.