How Can An Emotional Support Animals Help You?

How can emotional support animals help you

Today, emotional support animals have become popular and very common. Pets have given humans another chance to cope with their day-to-day activities. They help humans develop a sense of normalcy despite the many challenges they could be facing. The animals have been trained to offer emotional support, giving answers to many problems humans face.

Keeping such pets minimize problems such as mental illness, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety. With pets around us, stress can be relieved, physical body functions such as blood pressure reduced and a sense of purpose in life renewed. Here are the top 3 ESA benefits you need to know:


1. Improved Physical Health And Sense Of Purpose And Meaning

Being emotionally healthy is attributed to physical wellness. Research has found that keeping a dog as your emotional support animal can help in reducing blood pressure. Ownership of a dog is related to a reduction in triglyceride levels. Walking a dog around a park can increase physical fitness.


With the improvement in these health measures, a less stressful physical environment develops to assist in reducing the symptoms of depression. The mental condition can make an individual feel detached and purposeless.


An emotional support animal can help you feel the difference between feeling lonely and experiencing love. A sense of purpose ensues whenever your pet relies on you for love and food.


2. Safe & Healthy Companionship, Decreased Anxiety And Improved Self-Esteem

Relating with humans can be complex, especially if they’re struggling with depression and don’t want to socialize. That’s where emotional support animals come in to offer a loving and safe companionship that’s genuine and simple. People experiencing depression often deal with low self-esteem, making them more prone to anxiety.


An emotional support animal can assist in improving the two factors and thus the quality of life. Research shows that pet owners have higher self-esteem and reduced fear as compared to those who don’t own any pet. This indicates that emotional support animals not only reduce depression symptoms but also generally improve people’s emotional quality of life.


3. Reduced Isolation

Depression is often associated with isolation from social life. Owning a pet can help diminish this un-social tendency. Going for vet appointments and walking a dog is associated with grooming and caring. These activities require pet owners to get out of their homes more often, allowing them to interact more with the local community.


Dogs are naturally social and draw people into the conversation. Taking dogs for walks offers socialization, purpose, enabling pet owners to start conversations because the dog could be the centre of attention.


The dog could be cute or just trying to socialize with other dogs around, forcing the pet owner to interact with other pet owners in a park, for instance. Reducing isolation decreases symptoms of depression.


Conclusion

Emotional support animals are usually available for a number of problems such as people dealing with depression. They are important in improving health and quality of life, offering companionship and love. There are more reasons to having pets around.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad