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Pets are so beneficial to mental health!

Updated: Jun 12


Not everyone wants a pet... And some who love pets simply do not have the financial capacity to keep them, are under pressure from work, haven't got the right type of housing and maybe even may live with other members of a household don’t want a pet.

Research shows that pets help make healthy life-style changes, across older adult, adults and children and can benefit people's mental health. Pets can help with loneliness and depression; aid in socialising and benefit those with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and many other proven benefits.

If you cannot have a pet perhaps you can volunteer at a rescue centre or find a website like Borrow my doggy

I love getting out of bed in the morning to look after my dogs and having them treat me by making me make the effort to walk them. Without them, all excuses can arise about taking exercise! They add focus to the day and are a joy to have around. And of course... Yes they do have a few challenges too and we are working on those!


With Empowerment Coaching I can help YOU move forwards:

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Perhaps, you want to make life changes that includes getting a pet - maybe a cat, a dog or a horse? Whatever you decide, it may require you to make changes or all you will want is to gain the confidence to move happily forwards.


My new dogs Handful and Glory and Wally the tortoise May 2020

You might not be a pet lover but may still want some help to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness or just improve your health and wellbeing. Maybe it's the right time to review your life; to talk, discuss and find ways to plan ahead to achieve the changes that could make your dreams come true.


Of course, the inevitable does happen to our beloved pets, and you might be struggling with one passing away. I can fully appreciate the impact. It took me 18 months to feel I was able to get another dog after losing my two girls after 17 years together. I really was not sure I actually ever would. I am here to listen to you and help you can consider what your life needs right now and in the future.

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