Mental health problems sadly affect many people and now that we are faced with the possibility of increased social isolation amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, some of us may find ourselves struggling with our mental health. Long term isolation can have a profound effect on our mental health and as this terrible pandemic continues, all of us are going to have to come to terms with being increasingly cut off from society. According to MIND, 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. The number of people who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts are also increasing.
But there is good news!! Our pets can make a massive difference! Independent research by Vets4Pets in 2018 reports that 56% of people believe that having a pet relieves stress and anxiety. It is also believed that people with pets are less likely to suffer from depression than those without. Our lovely dogs and cats can be a huge comfort to us and particularly so for older people they can be a vital emotional support. Spending quality time with our pets, seeing their happy faces, receiving kisses from them and cuddling them can create a special bond which promotes the production of oxytocin – a feel-good hormone, helping us to feel relaxed and happy.
So let’s hear it for our pets guys!!! To help celebrate the enormous joy our pets can bring us, please add your comments to this blog to tell us about the 3 best things you love about your pet and how they make you happy and post up a selfie of you with your pet on our Facebook page!!. Let’s celebrate our furbabies, particularly amidst these troubling times of the Covid-19 virus. Lets smile with our pets!