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Pets are great stress relievers

By Charles Hopkins Published 08/8/2006 | Health

Pets are great stress relievers

Pets are a great company to have in our homes. They liven up the atmosphere with their exuberance and enthusiasm. Studies have revealed that pets can act as great stress busters and buffers as well.

This is because today each of us is gripped with our own stress problems. With problems of our own we are unable to relate or understand somebody elses difficulties and problems. Often the other persons problems can become a source of your stress.

Loneliness and no work are major reasons for retired people succumbing to stress

Pets can break the monotony and provide an outlet for your pent up anger and frustrations. They do not show any disinterest even if you speak to them for hours. Their innocent looks and bright smiles at the end of the talk can lift your spirits and make you smile too. 

Pets today are not restricted to cats and dogs alone. Birds, tortoises, fishes and even snakes are proving to be great pets. A person today chooses pets according to his personality.

Birds are a great companion to have especially parrots. Their non stop raucous chirping and talking can break the silence of your home encase you are living alone.

Their immense loyalty to you will not decrease even if you find yourself in the middle of a financial crisis or relationship problems. Playing with your pet can reduce ailments like hypertension and anxiety. There is a decrease in the severity of cardiac disorders also.

They can reshape your thinking pattern completely. Looking at them bustling around the house early in the morning can help you start your day on a positive note. They will even fetch you the morning newspaper.

Pets have proven to be a great companion for disabled children. Other than lavishing them with unconditional love and loyalty they are fiercely protective of their masters also. In fact they are known to take better care of physically and mentally challenged children than trained nurses.

You will find that once you own a pet you are in better physical shape. Physical fitness is a must for your pets to stay active and healthy. This helps you indirectly as it gives you a chance of walking or running in the morning as a routine. These were few of the activities that you did not find time for earlier.

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There is great sense of responsibility in a child if she has to take care of her own pet. It also helps in inculcating the basic feelings of care, love and understanding. All these feelings can help remove negative stress from the body.

Independence is a much sought after right by adolescents and young adults. They like to live their life by their own rules with minimalistic interference. Pets can be a life saver in these situations. They do not question your actions and let you live life independently. Just cuddling them and caressing them can relieve tension.

So get a pet for your self today and watch the tensions fade away.