Anxiety disorder is a mental health problem that you couldn’t tell how you got in the first place. You couldn’t say you have it until it already messes with your life. It’s like a prison that stops you from doing things you should be enjoying, for instance, swimming, hiking, traveling, etc. When you have anxiety, you get paranoid about your safety and mortality most of the time. You tend to be worried about things that you don’t usually care about.
“Anxiety can particularly accelerate anger when the anxious person isn’t allocating their resources effectively. Often, they are so overwhelmed by trying to manage or ward off their anxiety that they don’t realize how they come across to the people they love, or worse, are too consumed by it to risk showing vulnerability.” – Alicia H. Clark PsyD
Anxiety can particularly accelerate anger when the anxious person isn’t allocating their resources effectively. Often, they are so overwhelmed by trying to manage or ward off their anxiety that they don’t realize how they come across to the people they love, or worse, are too consumed by it to risk showing vulnerability.
It is crucial that you have a support system while you are suffering from anxiety. Someone or something must divert your thoughts from paranoia. Although it is hard to understand even for the sufferer, it is vital that someone listens to you when you need to get something out of your chest. It is where our pets, particularly dogs, get in the picture. Studies show that dogs are indeed a man’s best friend. They help with mental health disorders like anxiety and depression.
“Many people function well with depression in front of others. Depression can be treated successfully—the treatment is not the problem. The willingness to be assessed and ask for help is the major limitation.” —Susan Fletcher, PhD
With dogs, it can just come out naturally.
Here Are The Reasons Why Dogs Are A Great Help For People With Anxiety:
- They Listen To You.
They are always there for you, and they wouldn’t give you any unsolicited advice. There are times when we don’t need someone to talk to but someone who would just hear us. It gives us great comfort if we can get our burdens off our chest without having to listen to opposing reactions from people.
Dogs will just listen to you, and if you take time to notice how they look at you when you’re speaking, it’s like an understanding between the two of you. For some reason, you would know that they get what you’re going through, and the innocence on their face just gives you the feeling that it’s all a piece of cake, and everything’s going to be all right.
- They Won’t Judge You.
We have to admit that the people we go to whenever we need to talk about our dilemmas are always giving judgments. It is because they assume they are in the position to provide one, and they do, but sometimes, the last thing you need is for someone to go throwing judgments at you.
Dogs’ loyalty is priceless. They would never judge you no matter what you do. They just love you for you, and judging is not one of their many skills. You can tell them anything, and they’d just stare at you and bark to let you know they feel you.
- They Love You, And You Never Have To Doubt That.
Dogs’ loyalty is incomparable, and that it comes from their love for their owners. Unlike people where you need to worry about conditions and timeframes, the love of your dog doesn’t fade. You don’t have to doubt their intentions because they are there out of pure love for you.
Sometimes, the people who matter are the stressors in our lives. There are times that they make us depressive because we are worried about how to deal with them. With our pets, we don’t need to be concerned about how they feel towards us. They just love us.
- They are always there when you need them.
We, people, have a lot of priorities in life. Maybe that comes from being human. Dogs, on the other hand, are uncomplicated. They just need food, shelter, and of course tender loving care from their owners. They do play but never get too busy to take you for granted.
Notice how they can put aside everything when you call them, especially when they sense that you need them to stay still and listen. Pets never ask questions or make excuses. They’re just there.
- You Can Cuddle, And They’d Love It Like It’s The Most Important Thing In The World.
One of the best feelings in life is the feeling that you are appreciated. Dogs are like that when you cuddle. You will feel how much they value it, and they let you know that the simple gesture of cuddling is all they need. Dogs are simple. They just want to be loved, and the time you spend with them is more than enough to fill their world with so many colors.
- They Bring You To Their World Of Fun.
The world of humans is often complicated and stressful, especially the adult world. There are so many things to do, and sometimes we all need a break. We need time to be a kid once again, and our pets make that possible. They let us play with them without having to think about anything but fun.
Pets, especially dogs, are beneficial to our mental health. The reasons mentioned above are what people with a psychological disorder such as anxiety and depression need. Dogs make a healthy diversion and way to diffuse stress. Whether we admit it or not, it is when we are with our pets that we are truthful. No sugar coating and no pretensions. Just us without depression and anxiety.
“Some people may not struggle with a clinical disorder, but want to manage sporadic (yet intrusive) bouts of anxiety and stress. Whether you have occasional anxiety or a diagnosable disorder, the good news is that you can take small, effective and straightforward steps every day to manage and minimize your anxiety.” – Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
Pets can help indeed.