You may hate talking about yourself or not care what others say but pet owners love talking about their pets like children, and it's safe to say if you have a pet you like pets in general, so you'll go ahead and converse about them. Let your pet shine. If I'm not petting one dog I'm petting the other, if I'm not scratching a friends cat behind the ears them I'm scratching another. Studies show that people feel better when they have physical contact with others. Petting a cat and listening to them purr soothes you, rubbing your dogs belly and watching their leg kick also relaxes you.
You're no longer sitting in the house just lying there, you have someone to touch, to talk to, to interact with. Finally, there's laughter, endless laughter.
How to Know if Your Dog is Depressed... And What to Do About It
I've had my dogs fart on me when I've gone to pick them up and the sound scares them so they run away, one of them fell off my bed in the middle of the night while dreaming and got right back up with his tail wagging like it was the best dream ever. Depression makes you think about everything that has gone wrong and everything that can go wrong over and over again until you can take it no more.
These little moments with pets that make you laugh make a world of difference. You may laugh as your cat chases a laser pointer around your house trying to catch the blasted red dot, or as they randomly fall asleep anywhere they like, like upside down on top of a loaf of a bread, the point being that though they are pets they have more empathy than we could ever dream.
Does your dog seem sad?
The hardest step is getting up and seeking help and once you do that, take your pet for a walk or pet them, anything to get your mind on track a little more. Pets may not cure depression, but they certainly can help calm you. Rescue Idiot. Dedicated to spreading the cause of animal rescue, and stopping the purchasing of pets.
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They calm you, bring you back to earth, and force you outside when you'd rather live in bed. Later, I talked to my doctor about getting an official prescription. I could get a pet without one, of course, but if this dog was going to be my "medicine," I didn't want to risk not being able to take it.
Our apartment wasn't dog-friendly, so I also needed a note confirming my condition was real and that my prescription was a dog. They started with me. The care I needed. Anxiety requires an enormous amount of discipline. A combination of yoga, medication, supplements, and lots of sleep are the only reasons I'm a functional adult. Homer didn't care. Soon, my anxiety got worse, not better.
The dog I thought would help ease my crazy ended up consuming my life. Every day I woke up and thought, "We can't keep him. I can't do this.