I’m delighted to have a guest post by the lovely Cassie Brewer to share with you this week. Cassie lives in Southern California where she has made a great life for herself doing what she loves. Her passions are makeup/beauty and writing. She also happens to be a pet lover, and has 3 dogs and 2 cats! You can check out her blog here or follow what she gets up to on Twitter. This is what Cassie has to say about whether pets are good for your teen.
Raise your hand if you agree that being a teenager is not the easiest thing in this life. You are not as strong and experienced as adults, but the problems and issues you have to deal with are no longer as simple as they used to be during your early childhood years. You need to make important decisions, take responsibility for your choices, make new friends and build relationships with people around you. Sometimes, when things go exceptionally wrong, you may even become a victim of bullying.
At this age, we tend to see things in brighter colours, and experience good and the bad things all at the same time. As long as everything solid, there is nothing bad about a so-called teenager’s maximalism. However, when things do not go according to plan, it might cause stress, anxiety, and even depression. And the bad news is that you cannot hide from problems, you cannot avoid them all the time. But what you can do is to learn how to cope with stress and manage all the emotions associated with being a teenager.
You’ll be surprised to learn that pets are good for your teen. They can help them to cope with all the psychological burden associated with this vulnerable age. Known as one of the natural remedies to stress, anxiety, and depression, pets can help you go through virtually any trouble you face. Wonder how is this even possible? Read on to learn.
Pets distract us from our problems
Pest cause a distraction. It is as simple as that, pets can help you switch your attention from obsessive thoughts and fears to laughing and happiness and fun. Is it possible to stay sad and depressed when there is a four-legged friend begging to play with you? Of course not. Most people can hardly resist when they see a ball of fluff running towards them. You’ll sure find some relief in playing with a cat or dog.
They make us feel responsible
When you are a teen, responsibility does not sound like a positive word, but it actually is. Being responsible for someone’s well-being is a good thing, that’s why having a pet and taking care of it can help a teen become mentally stronger and healthier. Responsibility improves our self-esteem, and good self-esteem is considered a magic pill that can help you overcome stress and depression of almost any severity.
Pets help us believe in unconditional love
In case the two arguments mentioned above do not sound convincing enough to you, then you’ll sure benefit from reading this one. We tend to feel emotionally broken and depressed when it seems like nobody loves us, when nobody really cares about us. In situations like that, it is immensely important to start believing in love again. And it turns out that pets can help us do it. If you feel lonely, go play with your cat or dog. Chances are that you’ll soon realize that all the negative thoughts have already disappeared.
Pets are good for your teen
It’s an inherent part of human nature to feel sad or depressed from time to time. In fact, as much as 20 percent of all teenagers experience symptoms of depression every now and then. It’s certainly not possible to keep all of your emotions under control and stay positive whatever happens. So don’t blame yourself if it feels like something is wrong and you have no reasons to be happy today. This all shall pass tomorrow. But if you want to boost your mood right now, grab your four-legged friend and have some fun.