Pets can conjure up plenty of images. Dogs, cats, bunnies – but what about fish? They are often some of the most underrated pets, but it turns out keeping fish could have some major benefits on your health. Perhaps it’s time to think about welcoming some into the family?
Reduce your stress and anxiety
Even something as simple as watching fish swim around could be all you need to calm your nerves and reduce your anxiety. Studies have shown that people find the act incredibly relaxing, and many often walk away feeling better than ever as a result. That’s not all. Some research suggests that merely being near an aquarium could be all it takes to reduce your stress. There’s something about them swimming around that has major benefits on your health.
Improve your heart health
Having lower levels of stress and anxiety automatically means that people tend to have healthier hearts. However, there is more to it than just stress. Watching fish in an aquarium can help to lower blood pressure, especially if there are a lot of fish swimming around. Then there’s our heart rate. Watching fish for a few minutes can be enough to reduce our heart rate by up to five or six beats per minute, helping to keep our heart in tip-top shape.
Improve your mood and productivity
The next time your boss tells you you’re not allowed a pet at the office, you might want to tell them the benefits that keeping fish can have on someone’s health. Watching them swim around can be enough to keep you and your coworkers calm. There are even studies that suggest fish can produce productivity in an office. When you have some time to relax, watching fish swim around can help people to relax and put them in a much better mood.
Reap the rewards
One of the great things about keeping fish as pets is getting to reap the rewards of all your effort. It can be great to sit back and watch your tank expand and grow over time as you welcome new fish to the tank and invest in new decorative pieces to keep them amused. Sometimes, there is no greater feeling than watching your hard work pay off.
Get better sleep
Do you find yourself struggling to sleep at night? A fish tank could be all you need. Many say you should count sheep before heading off to bed, but watching your fish swim around can be just as relaxing – and rewarding. Plus, the gentle noise of the filter or trickling of water can be the perfect soundtrack for anyone looking for a great night’s sleep without any interruptions.
There are different benefits to keeping all types of pets. Although they are normally overlooked, keeping fish could have some major benefits on your health. In fact, adding an aquarium to your life could be a small move that makes a world of difference. Don’t forget the fun of picking out all your new tank mates.