Written by Lauren Espach, bunny mom and founder of Carrot & Clover, bunny blog, sharing personal experiences of being a bunny mom and dedicated to being a resource for new and existing bunny parents.
“The Pet Effect” – is a very real effect. Described by Mental Health America as “the mutually beneficial relationship between people and animals that positively impacts the health and well-being of both. Any pet owner will tell you that living with a pet comes with benefits, including constant companionship, love and affection”.
Those aren’t the only benefits of living with a pet, especially in these uncertain times of social distancing, where we can feel even more isolated than ever. A rabbit may seem like an unconventional companion, but they make pretty darn good pets 🙂 Just remember though: different breeds suit different people, so take a look around before committing to just one type of pet.
Here are some stats on how living with a pet can improve your mood, and help ease depression and anxiety.
Helpguide.org wrote a really insightful article on The Mood Boosting Power of Pets which listed some of the below points that some studies have shown the following:
- Playing with your pets can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which can help to calm and relax frayed nerves
- Pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels (indicators of heart disease) than those without pets
- People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
- One study even found that when people with borderline hypertension adopted dogs from a shelter, their blood pressure declined significantly within five months
- One of the therapeutic effects is that pets fulfill the basic human need for touch
Personally, I find the daily routine and love, care and attention that is needed to care for a pet to be extremely soothing. Playtime always and will be, the perk of my day, whether that’s a quick after-work game with Clover, or an extra-long bonding session where treats and scratchings are given.
Additionally, the sense of routine and balance that caring for pets bring are unparallelled, in essence, getting out of your own head and focusing on something that is in your control.
This Easter, why not consider adopting a bunny from a reputable rescue organisation? If not, then you can still share your love by “virtually” adopting any one of our in-need bunnies. Click here to see them all.
By Carrot Clover