05 Feb ANIMALS – THERAPY WITH LOVE
It is known that, in the past, there was no house without animals. They were used both as a source of nutrition and as a field aid. In the last few years, a real science has emerged from them – animal therapy. Suitable for both young and old, everyone enjoys this exercise equally, which could eventually become a lifestyle.
Whether we feed them, play with them, or take care of them in one form or another, the animals leave their mark. Among the greatest physical benefits are improved overall tone and general physical condition, it helps to improve body coordination and awareness, facilitates a significant decrease in stress hormones, and an increase in “health inducement and social openness” hormones. This has direct effects on the body: decreasing overall stress, lowering blood pressure, anxiety and therefore general body tension, etc.
As psychological benefits, we have: learning the importance of self-organization, the importance of activities coherence, the importance of constant in motivation and actions. A well-organized program means a happy animal, a daily routine means a calm quadruped, a balanced program means a soul that will learn everything easily. One’s behaviour shows directly the lifestyle and the master’s/carer’s behaviour. The person also learns the importance of self-control and the expression of emotions in a productive and correct manner, appropriate to the situation. The animal and the interaction with it requires a lot of patience and resistance to frustration, any kind of tension being an element that spoils the relationship.
The activities carried out together with the animals help to express personal experiences, to exteriorize and to reduce inhibition. The person begins to have the courage to become an extrovert, to take the initiative in the group, to draw attention to it. Through this kind of activities, people gain confidence in their capabilities to control a situation, to impose their position in a firm but not an aggressive way, to gain the trust of another being and to be recognized as the person who leads activity.
Animal-assisted activities help to reduce stress, depression and sadness, nervousness, anxiety, boredom and tiring routine.
As a social benefit we can remember that the presence of an animal works as a mediator of the interaction between humans. Animal-assisted activities reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, help to overcome social barriers between people. It has been directly observed that a person with an animal establishes far more social contacts in a single walk than one that does not possess one. Animal-assisted activities are an excellent way to improve the cohesion of a social group, engagement and teamwork to achieve a common goal. It also helps increase social accountability and increases engagement in the activity, because anything you do is more exciting in the presence of a dog.
We care a lot about having a healthy life from all points of view, so we have prepared some enclosures with animals like sheep, goats, dogs, geese, hens and more. Life is more colourful with them!