Pets can provide company and comfort in the face of social isolation and high anxiety.
The loss of our daily routines as we knew them – and the threat of more serious casualties to come from COVID-19 – has put a serious emotional strain on all of us. So perhaps it should come as no surprise to see our animals rising to the occasion.
Research shows that our pets have literally become lifesavers, where in the absence of human-to-human contact, they have stepped in to provide comfort, cuddles, and constant physical presence.
A lot of us are connecting remotely with other people right now, and that’s great. But pets are physically present in a way that other forms of social and emotional support aren’t these days for many people.
Pets can motivate you to do things that are good for your own mental health, and activities with animals that you enjoy or that are part of your routine help bring back some degree of normalcy.
For now, many pets are relishing in their owners’ extra attention and new enthusiasm for walks.
We all might be feeling anxious as our lives are turned upside-down by COVID-19, but it’s the perfect time to remember how much animals enrich our lives, and to start giving them the extra love and attention they deserve.
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Author – Jessica Gooding