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Do dogs reduce stress, anxiety and depression?

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The Power of Paws: How Dogs Can Help with Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend, and for good reason! Not only do they provide companionship and unconditional love, but they also have a profound impact on our mental health and wellbeing. Research has shown that dogs can indeed help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in many ways.

Reducing Stress

Interacting with dogs has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase oxytocin (the feel-good hormone). Playing with dogs, petting them, or simply watching them can help calm our minds and bodies. Even just thinking about our furry friends can bring a smile to our faces and help us relax!

Combating Anxiety

Dogs can provide emotional support and comfort, which can be especially helpful for those experiencing anxiety. Trained therapy dogs can even detect when their owners are feeling anxious and provide gentle nuzzles and snuggles to help calm them down. The responsibility of caring for a dog can also give us a sense of purpose and help distract us from anxious thoughts.

Fighting Depression

The companionship and social support provided by dogs can be a powerful tool in fighting depression. Studies have shown that dog owners are more likely to meet new people and form social connections, which can help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation. The physical activity and exercise that comes with dog ownership (such as walking or running with your pup) can also boost mood and energy levels.

Additional Benefits

In addition to reducing stress, anxiety, and depression, dogs can also:

  • Provide a sense of purpose and responsibility
  • Encourage physical activity and exercise
  • Offer emotional support and comfort
  • Help us meet new people and form social connections
  • Bring joy and happiness into our lives

Remember to Check with Your medical professional if you have specific questions!

While dogs can have a profound impact on our mental health and wellbeing, it’s essential to remember that every individual’s situation is unique. If you’re experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression, be sure to consult with your local medical professional for personalized advice on how to get better and how your furry friend can best support you.


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