World Mental Health Day was this past week (October 10th). It got me thinking about how we can improve our mental health and stay connected with healthy people and activities. Those of us with pets, know well the calm and happiness of spending time with a cat, dog or other pet we love. Animals have been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on the physical, emotional and mental health of humans. It helps lower stress levels as well as blood pressure.
But what about those who do not have pets? What is their stress buster? Maybe, they/you might consider being a volunteer at a local animal shelter!
Volunteers have many important roles at our local humane society, and dog walking is a role that is a high need position with personal benefits for both the dog and walker. It is a way to get out of the house on a regular basis, encourages people to be active (especially around the dogs), as well as the benefit of companionship that goes both ways.
Helping the dogs helps you decrease stress and feel better in so many ways! Please consider volunteering as a dog walker at our local Pembina Valley Humane Society. As a volunteer or many years, I highly recommend it!