Topic of the Month: Animal protection as a factor in mental health # 8RetosSM

Continue our 8 Mental Health Challenges, Augusts this month, we talk about animals and their protection and prevention factor in mental health, Numerous studies point to the benefits that pets have on the mental health of people. Recently, a study was able to show as holding a dog or cat, or hamster, among others, brought on mental health benefits long term.

The researchers found that pets helped their owners to better manage their feelings and provided a powerful distraction from stress.

Some pets also proved useful in strengthening physical activity, like walking the dog, but also they allow them to socialize and interact with other pet owners.

So, researchers recommend strongly “these animals are considered as support in the treatment of mental health disorders“, for example, in the case of a depression.

Likewise, different studies are also pronounced on the benefits that pets have on the mental health of people. And is that when a pet is caressing, the body releases oxytocin, a hormone that has a calming effect on the brain, because it reduces stress and anxiety. There is also scientific evidence that points to spend time with animals, It makes hormones that make us feel good as serotonin and dopamine and reduces cortisol levels are released, stress hormone.

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full article: animalshealth.es