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We all have mental health and this may sometimes lead to feelings of stress or anxiety on some level. The above quote from our founder shows how company from animals may help to reduce such feelings.
At Pawsitive Cafe, we want to create awareness around mental health and increase positivity alongside our furry friends. Our goal is to ensure every customer exits our cafe feeling uplifted, regardless of the reason for their visit.
Research presents a strong relationship between animals and mental health. According to The Mental Health Foundation, “the companionship that a pet offers is a great way to reduce anxiety and stress.” They found that dogs offer a sense of security and make one feel wanted and needed and we couldn’t agree more. Dogs also boost self-confidence as they never criticise, and offer an unconditional type of love.
A recent Guardian article refers to “a magic effect” created by dogs. It explains how interaction with pets triggers a similar reaction in the brain as the bond created between parents and babies. The social support they offer leads to reduced feelings of loneliness and depression.
Just like humans, dogs also sometimes feel stressed, sad or overwhelmed. Whilst we can take measures to unwind and boost our mood, dogs can’t access the same tools for relaxing so easily. This is why as pet owners, it’s really important that we are aware of our animal’s state of mind.
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