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It’s not about being lonely but about enhancing your life, your mental state and your physical health . Read on and find out more
So you have decided that although life is great as a “Singleton” and you really enjoy the quiet times over breakfast, somewhere in the back of your mind you think you are missing something. Hooray! The light bulb moment and yes you are!
According to a recent survey, people who live on their own (i.e. without another human being 😊) are far happier when they have a pet living with them. This can be anything such as a dog, of course, a cat, a bird, lizards, fish. Rabbits in or out of the house. The urban friendly chicken. The list goes on. You name a pet and it will surely be good for you to keep. And here are eight amazing reasons why they are
1.Gives you a routine
Yes, we all need routine and having a Pet around who replies on you to be fed means that you will have to get your backside either out of bed in the morning or off the sofa at night. They can’t open a tin of food for themselves or sprinkle fish food into their bowl, so this means that you will ensure you day is worked, ever so slightly, around the needs of your Pet’s tummy. Routine is one of the best ways to reduce depression. It gives us purpose and focus.
Yes, having a pet, especially a dog – or a Llama if you are so moved, will mean you are on the move a lot more than normal. Animals require some form of exercise and they will look to you for this. The larger the pet, the more exercise it will need and thereby the fitter you will become. Many dog owners go for a run each day with their faithful Mutt by their side. I have even seen cats being exercised on a lead by their owners. Quirky – but true. And if you can’t get the chickens into their coop at night then you will be running up and down the garden chasing them – another form of exercise.
No one will love you as a Pet does. They love you unconditionally. They don’t care if your hair is a mess, you haven’t had a shower or changed the sheets for three weeks. They are there. By your side. Sitting on the sofa, loving you. End of…
4. Reduces stress
It’s a known fact that having a pet will reduce your stress and relax you. It’s the very normal human activity called “petting” and by petting or stroking your pet you will reduce your stress levels. It’s almost like self – soothing or self settling. It reduces your level of cortisol (stress hormone) and thereby you will start to feel a boost to your mood.
Yes it’s a bit like having children. You have to look out for their welfare. Make sure they are fed. Fed healthily as well. Keep an eye out for any sickness or ailments and ensure that they are safe. This is just what you have to do when you are a pet owner, but having responsibility means you feel better about yourself and your mood is again boosted. It’s a win win situation.
Okay, so who hasn’t been won over by the Pet chasing their own tail. Or the chicken trying to catch his food hanging from a low branch. Or even the dog who, however many times you tell him “No and Get Down!” will just continue to do the exact opposite of what you ask and in the meantime you end up laughing and smiling at them. They are like babies. Time Stealers. You think you can have five minutes sitting quietly but the pet, whatever it is, just comes up, sits by your side and you are gone….
Yes if you are single and living alone then who else knows. Do you feel vulnerable at night or worry when you return home and its dark. A pet will protect you from all that worry – and more. Pets, especially dogs, are very sensitive to noise and any intruder, be they human or animal. So having a pet means you will be aware of something going on the second it happens. Boy – are they alert! And with a bark from inside at any potential intruder you know you can sleep safely.
8. Amazing welcome when you return home
Yes, even if you have only stepped outside to put the rubbish out or lock up the car, the pet will be so excited at your return they will jump and run and make the most terrible din because they are so happy to see you again. To them it doesn’t matter if its five minutes or five hours – you are back and they never want to be parted from you again.
So if you are living alone and even if you have a Diary full of Playmates, your life will be all the more richer for having a Pet in your home. Someone to care for. Someone to share with. You read it here first!