Video length: 5 min.
This is why our dogs and cats soothe us, especially during confinement.
Pets are invaluable support during difficult times. They also help fight against isolation and a sedentary lifestyle.
Clarisse has forged bonds of rare complicity with Gipsy, her dog with whom she spent the two confinements of 2020. Samuel, him, shares his apartment with her cat Marcia. Both agree that the presence of their animal was a real emotional support to overcome these difficult times. In addition, living in the company of an animal also helps to clear the mind and reduce its sedentary lifestyle, especially during walks in nature.
Sarah Jeannin, doctor of ethology and psychologist explains that when we interact with an animal, a hormone is secreted by our brain: it is oxytocin, the attachment hormone with particularly soothing virtues. At the same time, the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, will on the contrary drop considerably.