While fish cannot become NSTA members, check out this article from Fishkeeping World.
If you’ve ever owned a cat or a dog, you’ll know the pick me up they can provide if you’ve just come in from a long hard day.
Have you ever wondered why this is?
Animal-assisted therapy is becoming increasingly popular, and many professionals within the health sector are becoming increasingly more aware of the benefits animal therapy brings.
But what is animal-assisted therapy?
It’s a therapeutic intervention, which alongside traditional therapy, incorporates animals in a variety of ways; perhaps during a few sessions a week, or sometimes through learning to care for an animal. Animal-assisted therapy can be helpful for those individuals who battle with addiction, schizophrenia and depression. It has been proven to improve the emotional wellbeing of those with autism, behavioural issues and certain medical conditions.
Animals provide us with a sense of calm and comfort, and developing a bond with an animal can promote self-worth and self-regulation. While most therapy animals are cute furry creatures such as dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, it is not just our furry friends who can provide us with therapy.
Did you know you can get similar benefits by watching fish? Either through having your own fish tank, or through visits to an aquarium.
Have you ever noticed that the majority of waiting rooms have fish tanks in them? This isn’t purely for décor, it’s because studies have proven that watching fish reduces stress and anxiety levels and improves mental health.
The benefits of fish therapy are evident for both children and adults.
Research has proven that simply placing a fish tank in a dining room of an Alzheimer’s care home reduces disruptive behaviour and increases appetite. The University of Pennsylvania has also found that keeping fish is an effective therapy in helping children who have disruptive behaviour disorders.
To find out more, look at Fishkeeping World’s infographic on 15 ways fish reduce stress and improve mental health.