Everyone knows about therapy animals, and how they are used for people with physical and mental handicaps. But animals need special training to be any help in those areas, right?
For physical and some mental problems, yes.
For anxiety, not always.
I don’t have a pet that comes with me wherever I go, because I don’t have severe or frequent anxiety attacks.
But my pets are still a source of comfort and stress relief, and always have been. (I mean, there are times that they cause stress, because I love them and want the best for them. But such is life.)
If I’m stressed out or anxious, I find one of my “babies”. Usually our dogs, my hamster (or mice depending on what I have at the time.) Or a rabbit.
The fact that you can go to them on your worse day and they greet you and accept you like nothing is wrong, is a huge comfort. Don’t you agree?
Plus they don’t talk, so you can tell them EVERYTHING. Everyone needs a listener like that, right?
Then (this is my favorite part.) there are cuddles!!
I already did a post on the benefit of hugs, which would apply to pets too. (Be sure to check it out and find out some cool facts about hugs.)
If you are a person who tends to easily get stressed, anxious, or emotional, and don’t have a pet, then I would highly recommend getting one! (Obviously after some careful research and planning.)
Escaping the world to watch the antics of your pet, and cuddle them, is one of the best ways to relax.
I will stop jabbering and let you go cuddle your therapy animal!