Pets are helping the nation de-stress during the lockdown 

Pets across the UK are helping their owners deal with the current stressful situation, according to new research from the National Accident Helpline.

The study, which polled 2,000 people, asked the public how much they rely on pets to keep them calm, but also if their cuteness can become a distraction when they need to focus on other tasks, such as working from home.

The research shows that a pet can be the ideal companion during any period of stress, with 87% of pet-owners agreeing their presence helps them destress during difficult moments.

Only 2% of stated their pets were not a calming influence.

Dennis Relojo-Howell, founder of psychology website Psychreg, said: “Research have shown that pets, especially dogs and cats, can help us adapt to stressful events.

“Take for instance, the current crisis that we’re going through – if you have a pet, this can provide you with an opportunity to relax and calm your mind. Our interactions with our pets can soften the effects of adverse events and can decrease our stress.”

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