do you have pets?
if you do, do they help calm your anxiety? or the opposite?
i just thought i would put this out there, because i never really hear people on the internet talk about the way pets can affect anxiety, and i just wanted to kind of talk about it, and talk about our pets!!
i have two, quite large dogs; one is a 70-75 lb Pit/Lab mix, who is absolutely without a doubt, my baby girl ^_^ and her name is Alice <3 the other is a 45 lb Pit/possibly Greyhound mix, who's basically the equivalent of a toddler that's gotten into a six pack of redbull (but he's still a really sweet little guy), and his name is Phineas :3
i also have 2 cats, but the one only lives outside because she hates my dogs, and the other really is kind of neutral when it comes to people, she'll let you pet her, but she probably isn't going to come voluntarily sit in your lap. they really don't care about me either way, but i still love them
my dogs DEFINITELY help my anxiety a great deal, but they can also make it worse sometimes. for example, i havent been in a very good place the last few days and last night i was really sad and anxious and i was laying on my bedroom floor trying to just relax and breathe and stop crying, and Alice came over and stood over my face and just looked right down at me and sniffed my face, then sat down for a minute, then laid herself down with her body completely pressed up against my side, and she just stayed there until i calmed down. (she's done this quite a few times when i'm starting to get anxious)
and the night before that, Phineas was being especially crazy and annoying, and was really stressing me out because he was just RIPPING around the house like some kind of rabid race horse, and i just got so fed up and i started to cry and got really anxious to the point that i knew if i didn't calm myself down, i would be having an anxiety attack really quickly. finally i had enough and i just sat down on my floor and just breathed, and almost immediately, Phineas stopped, got on my bed, and went to sleep. about 5 minutes later i was still crying and Phineas jumped off the bed and came over to me, and just started licking my cheeks and my eyes and then plopped himself down in my lap, made some kind of whine-play-growl-happy-sound and licked me again, then went back to bed.
i think Alice can sense when i'm anxious a bit better than Phineas (because i'v had her longer) and i think she actually knows how to react to it, and how to make me feel better? my mom has even said that i should get her certified as a service dog for my anxiety, then i could take her everywhere with me lol
so how do your pets help you? and how do you think doggies know how to make their people feel better?