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How More Time with Your Pets Reduces Your Stress & Anxiety

Reducing your stress and anxiety can be as easy as spending a little more time wiht your best friend. Don't have a pet? Hit up a local shelter and reap the benefits while giving back to your community. 

Animals and our pets can be a great way to reduce everyday stress and anxiety. Here are the many ways our pets can help us cope with fear, anxiety, and stress.

  1. Spending time with your pets can be a great source of companionship. Whether you have a pet or go to your local shelter, spending time with an animal or pet can help you feel better. Talking to your pet can also be helpful. Animals can be of good company and can prevent the fear of being alone.
  2. Helping animals and other people through community service can be a great way to overcome anxiety. There are many animals out there who could benefit from your time and talents. Doing something that will help your pet or other animals can give you a source of pride and accomplishment and also can lead to possible friendships with others.
  3. Animals can help you to be active and to focus your energy on working with them instead of worrying about things that may or may not happen. This will prevent us from worrying about our current situation.
  4. Animals can help you to relax and focus on the good. 
  5. Animals can get your mind off of your problems. A person could do an activity with their pet or other animals that will give them a fresh perspective on things. Spending time with animals will get your mind off of the problem and give you the energy to do other things. Most importantly, playing with animals will give you the self-confidence that you can cope and that you can get through the day.

Remember that there are many ways that animals can reduce the stresses of everyday life; however, they are not a substitute of getting professional help. The next time you feel stressed, spend some time with your pet or other animals and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. 

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