Because the symptoms of essential tremor worsen during times of stress/anxiety, it is important to find healthy methods of combating anxiety. One way to alleviate anxiety is to become a pet owner.
Studies have found:
-People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those without pets.
-Playing with a pet can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, which calm and relax.
-Pet owners over age 65 make 30% fewer visits to their doctors than those without pets.
Also, pets add structure and routine to your day. Regardless of how depressed or anxious you feel, your pet will require daily feedings, exercise and affection. Pets offer the opportunity to put your anxiety aside and focus on providing a loving, comfortable home for your four-legged friend.
Shelters throughout the country are always full of wonderful cats and dogs in need of a forever home. If a pet would fit into your lifestyle, do yourself and a lucky animal a favor-Adopt a pet!
Read stories of IETF members who are proud pet owners here.