If you have a mental illness such as depression, PTSD, or anxiety, you might struggle to do everyday tasks that others find easy. You might be questioning your purpose in life or feeling trapped in a monotonous routine with no relief.
This experience is why many people choose an Emotional Support Animal. Owning an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) offers benefits to both your mental and physical health. Official ESA’s have rights and are allowed to accompany you as you travel to public places, so you’re able to find relief as you navigate your everyday schedule.
Here are 5 unique benefits to owning an ESA that you might want to consider.
1. YOU BECOME MORE SOCIAL
You might think that because you spend more time with your pet and less time with people, you’ll become less social. The opposite tends to be true. If you dedicate yourself to spending time your emotional support animal, you won’t feel as awkward bringing them to public places. A significant part of living with an animal involves getting your pet used to crowded areas with a lot of people. Having to put yourself and your animal into those situations already boosts your social ability. Plus, you have a furry friend to rely on when things get uncomfortable.
2. YOU HAVE MORE MOTIVATION
Nothing pumps motivation into your veins like taking care of a loved one, especially when that individual is your furry friend. Your ESA provides you with unconditional love, support, and motivation. Your pet will give you their undivided attention because they want your love and approval. Seeing their excitement will, in turn, give you the boost you need.
3. YOUR SENSE OF PURPOSE BECOMES STABLE
Having a sense of purpose makes life easier. Some people find their meaning in friends and family, while others look to work and accomplishments. Unfortunately, some individuals don’t have family or friends to turn to, and work rarely provides the catch-all solution to finding a purpose. No matter what your situation is, having an emotional support animal can help you with the meaning of your life. If you dedicate yourself to the care-giving process, you have a reason to get up out of bed in the morning. With your goal of providing for your ESA, you suddenly see things in your life as tools to help you. Work becomes a way to get money for your pet, you meet other ESA owners and gain friends, and you have topics to discuss to ease socially anxious situations.
4. CARING FOR THE ANIMALS HELPS YOU DEVELOP HEALTHY HABITS
Not only does attention help your ESA become a more well-behaved pet, but it also aids you in becoming a healthier spirit. The discipline doesn’t just build up your animal, but it also manifests in yourself. Showing up every day to love and take care of your pet helps you develop healthy habits that translate into the rest of your life. You will slowly see your lifestyle start to change for the better after you complete the steps to register your pet as an ESA.
5. YOU PRODUCE NEUROTRANSMITTERS
Caring for your emotional support animal is desirable for your brain chemistry. When you dedicate yourself to training and/or providing for your pet with positive affirmations and loving patience, you start to become proud of your work. Your brain fires up and starts to send out more positive neurotransmitters to boost your mood.
If You’re Able, Train Your ESA
Not only will you become more social and happier, but your pet will also appreciate your efforts.