The Power of Pets and Your Mental Health

As if we needed another reason to love our pets

Caitlin U.
ByCaitlin U.

Our mental health is important. In fact, it's just as important as our physical health. But we don't always treat the two the same. It's easy to get caught up in our to-do lists and overwhelmed by our daily responsibilities. And instead of managing our stress, it consumes us. 

In 2020 some of the biggest things that have impacted our mental health as a population have been tied to an increased level of isolation. So much so, that Cigna’s “Our Loneliness and the Workplace: 2020 U.S. report”, found that over 60% of those surveyed, reported suffering from feelings of loneliness.

And while feeling lonely may not be enough of a reason to get a pet, if you are in a position to care for an animal, the reward could be very worthwhile. You see, the Dog People over at Rover conducted their own survey of 1,000 U.S. dog owners and found that a whopping 92% said that since the pandemic began, their dog has played a role in positively impacting their mental health.

And studies done over the years have also found that people with pets can have lower heart rate and blood pressure baselines, compared to those who don't. Further, pet parents of cats, fish, horses and the like, have long touted that their pet's presence helps them feel less anxious. And 86% of today's dog parents said spending time with their pets has helped alleviate stress from today’s news topics. In fact, 40% said that they turn to their pet for comfort over a significant other (23%) or family member (13%). Anyone else thinking: "SAME."?

So, if you are already a pet parent, consider leaning on your faithful companion when you're feeling stressed or anxious. We're sure they'd be more than happy to spend time with you. And show them a little extra love with a special treat, long walk or new toy, as a thank you for always being there when you need them most. 


And if you are a prospective pet parent, take some time to determine if you're ready for the responsibility. And if it turns out that you are, you have your fellow Influensters just a few clicks away to help you prepare and get everything you need



Are you a pet parent? How has your pet helped you through the pandemic and what do you do to thank them for their unconditional support? Share with us in the comments!