15 Ways Fish Reduce Stress and Improve Mental Health

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Unfortunately, it’s no secret that mental health issues are on the rise here in the United States. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans will experience mental health issues this year.

Research from Deakin University, Melbourne suggests “contact with nature may provide an effective population-wide strategy in prevention of mental ill health”.

One such form of therapy being:

Animal-assisted therapy.

Animal-assisted therapy, and keeping pets, has been shown to be an effective treatment for mental health issues and other behavioral problems.

In the following infographic we explore how keeping fish can reduce stress and improve mental health.

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15 Ways Fish Reduce Stress and Improve Mental Health

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  1. HCR Network
  2. The Spruce
  3. NAMI
  4. The Environment and Mental Health A Guide for Clinicians
  5. Pet Place
  6. Exeter University
  7. BBC
  8. Marine Biota and Psychological Well-Being
  9. Inclusion with Nature: The Psychology Of Human-Nature Relations
  10. Healthy Nature Healthy People
  11. Effect of Aquariums on Electroconvulsive Therapy Patients
  12. Plymouth University
  13. Reduction of Anxiety and Discomfort during Dental Surgery
  14. Potential Benefits of Pet Ownership in Health Promotion
  15. Mental Health America


Did you know that keeping pets could improve your mental health so much?

Not only can fish keeping be an incredibly rewarding hobby but it can also have a measurable impact on your emotional wellbeing.

Let us know in the comments section below your experience with fish keeping…

About Robert 468 Articles
Robert Woods is the creator of FishKeeping World, a third-generation fish keeper, and a graduate in animal welfare and behavior. He is also a proud member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America, and the Nature Conservancy.

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