After a few weeks of being under a stay-at-home order, it’s no secret that our pets can help to provide us company and support during this time of uncertainty. We have all had some sort of loss to our normal daily routines. Some of us are at home 24/7, while some of us continue to drive into work and come home to a different atmosphere. It’s clear that this pandemic has put an emotional strain on all of us.
Pets are the ones getting us through this and serving as our coping companion. They offer us nonjudgmental emotional support. Megan Mueller, A08, G10, G13, the Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor at Cummings School and a researcher says that studies show that “contact with pets help reduces stress and anxiety, particularly when you are experiencing a stressful situation.”
Pets are especially wonderful in helping seniors in a time of social isolation and loneliness. Their pets give them a sense of normalcy. They have a companion and something to care for when they get out of bed in the morning.
In a time where we can only virtually meet with friends and family, we should spend more time with our pets who are the ones that are physically there for us. Our pets also give us a reason to take a break from working at home. Head into the backyard with your dog for a few minutes of fresh air. It’s great for both of you. Our animals are what is keeping us going through this difficult time.
Below are some fun pet videos that I have found entertaining throughout my extra time spent at home: