3 Amazing Benefits of Studying with Your Pet
Updated By Staff Writer on April 27, 2020
Many studies have been done examining the relationship between humans and their pets, and the mutual health benefits derived. The perks of owning a pet touch every aspect of our lives, positively affecting our physical, mental, and emotional well-beings. So let’s dive into some of those benefits a bit further, and discuss how you can reap them even as a studying, sleep-deprived student.
Owning A Pet Is Good For Your Physical Health
A common benefit of owning a dog, in particular, is increased regular exercise. Dogs get us out of the house and strolling or jogging down the street and through neighborhoods. We’re all aware of the benefits physical activity alone provides: a healthier heart, better blood pressure and circulation, more energy, and improved stamina. Research has also shown that in order to have the most effective study sessions, you should take regular breaks to avoid brain fatigue. Study for fifty minutes, and then take a ten-minute break. And another tool for effective studying is exercise, so on that ten-minute break, why not take Fido for a walk around the block? You’ll both return home in better moods, and ready to hit the books again.
Your Furry Friend Is Good For Your Mental Health, Too
The increased exercise can be a mood booster in and of itself, but research has shown that just having a pet around can actually reduce stress. One study involved two groups of participants taking a timed math test: those who owned pets, and those who didn’t. The pet owners had lower resting and under-pressure heart rates and blood pressures than those of the non-pet owners. They also made fewer mistakes on the test while their pet was in the room. These findings suggest that owning a pet results in a lower overall stress level, which in turn improves performance. And since it’s also been shown that petting your dog or cat is soothing and stress-relieving, involve your pet while doing homework. Put them on your lap or cuddle next to them on the couch while you’re studying for that midterm.
Pets Improve Your Emotional Health
Social support can come from friends and family, but studies have shown that these interpersonal relationships can also be a source of stress, while a relationship with a pet is not. And owning a pet can actually foster additional social interactions with other people, as a pet is a conversation starter. This reduces feelings of loneliness and isolation, particularly among young single adults and the elderly.
A study featured in Science magazine showed that just looking into your dog’s eyes increases oxytocin (the “love” or bonding hormone) in both you and your dog. So look up from your books once in awhile and make eye contact with your dog; you’ll both reap the rewards. Many studies have been done examining the relationship between humans and their pets, and the mutual health benefits derived.
The perks of owning a pet touch every aspect of our lives, positively affecting our physical, mental, and emotional wellbeings. So let’s dive into some of those benefits a bit further, and discuss how you can reap them even as a studying, sleep-deprived student. Do you study with your furry friend? Share a photo with us on Instagram or Twitter using #independenceuniversity!