Have you had experience with animal-assisted therapy? Recently, I was in Tulsa for several days at my friend’s vacation home. My goal was to use the time to write a few chapters of my upcoming book, but unfortunately I experienced writer’s block. On the property there are two beautiful horses and I had the pleasure of spending some quality time with them. Being around these animals had a calming effect that helped clear my mind, and I was able to process my thoughts better and create some content.
This kind of therapy can improve physical health by ramping up healing and reducing the effects of some health conditions. Patients lowered their blood pressure as well as stress hormone levels. Animal-assisted therapy aids mental health support. A visit by an animal prompts the body to release oxytocin, serotonin, and prolactin. These “happy hormones” can lower symptoms of depression and sadness.
If you think this could help yourself or a friend, talk to your doctor about it.