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Man’s Best Friend: How Do ESAs Make You Feel Better?

Emotional support animals are a natural way to feel better

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Pets give us the love and support we need to help cope with psychological conditions.

Emotional support animals improve the lives of those with mental conditions like anxiety,
depression, PTSD, and OCD.  ESAs increase well-being and mental health and help people
cope with their disabilities.  Animals provide unconditional love and support.  No matter
how bad your day was, your dog will always be happy to see you when you come home.
Even just petting an animal reduces cortisol (the stress hormone) levels and is good for
heart health.  Learn more about how ESAs make you feel better.

You Feel Less Alone

Many people suffering from psychological conditions feel isolated and alone.  Those with
autism may have trouble connecting to other people.  When you’re depressed, it’s hard to
leave the house and have the energy to hold a conversation.  Dogs, cats, and other animals
ease the feelings of isolation without judgment or demanding questions. Your ESA ( maybe
you have heard the term emotional service dog?) is right there by your side no matter what, giving you love and support even if you feel like you don’t deserve it.

The results showed that the pups' attractiveness was lowest at birth and increased to a maximum before 10 weeks of age before declining and then levelling off.
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Routine

Having an emotional support animal like a dog or cat helps keep you in a routine.  Dogs
require daily walks, forcing you to get out of the house even if you do not want to.  Find out the best dog breeds for social anxiety disorders. Dogs can help you interact with other
people and are great conversation starters.  Keeping a routine is great for stability and
reducing anxiety.  If you have depression, you have to put your ESA first and give them
exercise and attention.  Learn about the best ESA dog breeds for depression.

Stress Reduction

Animals make you smile, laugh, and reduce stress through happy brain chemicals like
oxytocin and reducing stress hormones like cortisol.  Dogs encourage exercise which helps
decrease stress and boosts mood.  Playing or just petting your pet is a natural stress
reliever.  Ever notice when you get home from a long, stressful day, you start to feel better
as soon as you give your pet some attention? It’s not magic; it’s science.

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Emotional support animals are a natural way to feel better.  Pets give us the love and
support we need to help cope with psychological conditions.  This love and support
increase mental health and well-being.  Emotional support animals help people feel less
alone and isolated from the world.  It can be easier to connect with animals than people
when you’re feeling down or have a condition that makes it hard to communicate your
feelings.

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Research Claims, Having A Pet Can Help Older People Stay Physically Active

One in six participants said they put their pet's needs ahead of their own. "Although the benefits of pets are significant, social connections and activities with friends and family are also key to quality of life," the study said. 

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"Relations with pets tend to be less complicated than those with humans, and pets are often a source of great enjoyment. They also provide older people with a sense of being needed and loved," said Mary Janevic, researcher at the University of Michigan in the US.  Pixabay

Having a pet can help older people cope with mental and physical health issues. According to a study, more than three-quarters of pet owners said their animals helped in reducing stress.

Two-thirds of pet owners, and 78 per cent of dog owners said pets helped them stay physically active, and 65 per cent people said having a pet helped them connect with other people.

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However, time commitment and cost stood in the way of pet ownership, researchers said. Apart from people reporting difficulty in travelling or enjoying activities outside home due to pets, 18 per cent said having a pet put strain on their budget. Pixabay

In addition, over 70 per cent of the elderly said pets helped them cope with physical or emotional symptoms, and 46 per cent reported it helped take their mind off of pain.

“Relations with pets tend to be less complicated than those with humans, and pets are often a source of great enjoyment. They also provide older people with a sense of being needed and loved,” said Mary Janevic, researcher at the University of Michigan in the US.

For the study, the team included 2,051 people aged 50-80 years.

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In addition, over 70 per cent of the elderly said pets helped them cope with physical or emotional symptoms, and 46 per cent reported it helped take their mind off of pain.
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However, time commitment and cost stood in the way of pet ownership, researchers said. Apart from people reporting difficulty in travelling or enjoying activities outside home due to pets, 18 per cent said having a pet put strain on their budget.

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One in six participants said they put their pet’s needs ahead of their own. “Although the benefits of pets are significant, social connections and activities with friends and family are also key to quality of life,” the study said.

Helping older people find low-cost ways to support pet ownership, while not sacrificing other important relationships and priorities is an investment in overall mental and physical health,” said Cathleen Connell, Professor at the varsity. (IANS)