So here we are, at the end of lockdown - the promised utopia. With the "new normal" just around the corner, we chatted to Dr. Mike Banna about how we should approach this new world in order to keep ourselves happy and healthy...
We're back and you name it, we're celebrating yet another unofficial holiday... (we're kind of addicted).
You see; international days or 'unofficial holidays' are designed to encourage us to give whoever we love that little bit of extra attention.
If you haven't guessed already; today is all about man's best friend.
HERE'S TO ALL THE PUPPEROO'S OUT THERE!
So, what are the benefits of these four-legged, tail-wagging friends that manage to stop us in our tracks when walking down the high street?
And no, the high pitched coo that escapes our vocal cords isn't quite what we were talking about...
For any canine lover, there are the obvious benefits of having a dog...
- The ecstatic tail wag when you walk through the front door...
- The sleepy cuddles, especially when they fall asleep on you...
- The delight on their face when you coo 'walkies'
But dogs can have a much more positive effect on a person's mental state than many of us realise...
1. ALLEVIATE STRESS
It's been proven that stroking your dog can reduce your stress levels.
The reason why? Ultimately, this action allows you to bond with your dog which releases the hormone oxytocin, lowering your heart rate and blood pressure.
2. MAKE YOU HAPPY
It's as simple as that. Dogs offer unconditional love and acceptance - need we say more?
3. REDUCE FEELINGS OF LONELINESS
They're called 'man's best friend' for a reason.
Providing company and a sense of security (you know; that protective bark in the early hours of the morning...) dogs have been proven to be valuable company for those living alone.