Comfort Zone: Should You Get an Emotional Support Animal?

At The Company Store® we are all about comfort because we know it is key to your quality of life. Day-to-day life can be stressful and we all can use some support to get through. That’s where an emotional support animal (ESA) comes in—a pet pal to help you get through trying times might be exactly what you need. Read more to find out if an ESA may be the perfect companion for you.

You Have a Fear or Phobia

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An emotional support animal can help you manage your fear or phobia. According to ESA doctors, petting a dog or cat lowers blood pressure and has a calming and positive effect on mood and brain activity.

You Have a Social Anxiety Disorder

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Shyness is a common issue and can cause stress when meeting new people or entering new situations. Is that shyness preventing you from living life the way you want? An emotional support animal may boost your self-esteem and make social situations easier—a pet companion is a great conversation starter when meeting new people! Not to mention, your pet will never judge or call you out for being “awkward” or “afraid”—their love and support is unconditional. Many types of animals can serve as an emotional support animal, but a canine companion may force you to step outside of your comfort zone and be more social when you take them out for walks and playtime.

You or a loved one is living with PTSD

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 Living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be burdensome. Individuals with PTSD have some of the highest rates of health care service use. In one study, according to the Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, psychologists noticed an 82% decrease in PTSD symptoms like anxiety and sleep disorders after one week with an emotional support animal.

You’re Emotionally Distressed and Seeking Comfort

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 Dogs can sense when their owner is feeling stressed, depressed, or in turmoil. Your canine companion may lie their head on your lap or refuse to leave your side when they know you’re upset. Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Joshusa Klapow states, “There is very clear research showing that the presence of an animal, as well as petting an animal helps individuals to reduce daily anxiety, keeps physiological arousal regulated, and serves to improve mood. Because the animal provides attention on demand, unconditional connection regardless of the day or time, and a steady presence, human emotions tend to stabilize in the presence of an emotional support animal.”

 

How Can an Emotional Support Animal Help with Mental Disabilities?

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According to ESA Doctors, patients who suffer from mental disabilities and own ESA pets have seen improvements in the following areas:

  • Increase in being social
  • Boost in self-esteem
  • Feeling more safe and comfortable
  • Rise in motivation
  • Decrease in the symptoms of the diagnosed illness

There’s no question that an emotional support animal can improve the quality of life for many. To learn more about how you can benefit from getting an ESA visit ESA Doctors.

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