How Your Cat or Dog Can Help You Manage Anger
A close family friend recently suggested having a dog after she lost her husband. She is already an animal lover, but after her husband passed away, she felt that her home was too lonely. A recent study from the University of Montreal in Canada also found that owning a pet can be very helpful for children with autism. Thinking more broadly, cats and dogs can help people who are experiencing stress and the resulting anger.
The reasons for this are many and vary for each and every one of us. Some reasons include: – A LOVING COMPANION: Everyone needs to feel loved sometimes and dogs and cats (and many other pets) can offer this. They can listen to our secrets, offer friendship, and are glad to see us when we get home.
– ALLOW MORE WALKING: This is more the case with dogs than other pets. Taking our dog for a walk is not only good exercise for them but also for us, with the added benefit that exercise can allow us to feel happier and less stressed, as well as being a very good exercise.
– LOWER OUR BLOOD PRESSURE: It may sound ridiculous, but stroking our pet’s soft fur can help lower our blood pressure if we feel stressed and angry. Observing goldfish is another proven method of reducing anger, which is why larger fish tanks and aquariums are placed in hospitals and medical waiting rooms.
– IT CAN REMOVE OUR MIND FROM STRESSING SITUATIONS: Playing with our pets and lavishing attention on them can help us forget what has really stressed and upset us in the first place. Of course, this is not a problem solving answer, but it can help us forget about those slightest worries. We may have had a particularly bad day, but as soon as we walk in the door and see our pet, this anger just goes away.
In giving this advice, two words of caution are needed here. First of all, there are some problems in our lives that just won’t go away, no matter how hard we try to stop thinking about them, and while having a pet can help in the short term, the best solution is to tackle the problem. and try to fix it.
Second, and most importantly, a dog or any other pet is a long-term commitment and the decision to have a pet should not be taken lightly. Pets cost a great deal of our personal time, energy, and money. They should not be purchased simply on impulse or simply to meet our needs. Too many dogs, cats and other animals are already abandoned or turned over to rescue centers because people cannot physically care for them or they cannot be disturbed.
However, if you feel like you could benefit from having a pet and feel ready to make that long-term commitment, then having a pet could go a long way in reducing stress and anger.