Can working with animals improve your mental health?
August 8, 2018 / Sharnie Carter
Many people who choose to work with animals often do so for their love of animals, as the idea of working with them sounds fun and inviting.
But did you know there are many other benefits of working with animals? including those that can improve your mental health.
A quarter of the entire population can suffer with mental health problems within their lifetime. So, if there is a way to reduce this number, then every option should be considered.
And let’s face it… who wouldn’t want to work with animals?
Benefits of Working with Animals
- Fun and active careers
There are many different careers that involve working with animals, many of which are fun and active. For example, working becoming a zoologist means interacting with animals as well as people, and no two days would be the same. As a career plays a large part in many people’s lives, it is necessary that you enjoy it to have a positive effect on your mental health.
Many careers that involve working with animals are not a 9-5 routine. As animals need constant care, there will be different shift patterns to ensure they are always being monitored. Having a flexible routine can have a positive effect on your mental health as you will be able to fit your routine around your lifestyle and make time for yourself.
- Calming companions
Working with animals can often mean playing with animals; and playing with animals is known to be one of the most calming pastimes there is. When playing with animals, your brain releases positive endorphins similar to when you exercise, which can relieve stress and improve your mood.
Many of our courses can help you work towards your career of working with animals. Whether you choose to become a zoologist, a marine biologist or veterinarian, our animal care courses can help you get there.
Browse our website for the full list of courses. Or call our student adviser team on 03300 563 100 to discuss your options.