All pet owners know that cuddling or talking to them will reduce stress. This means that those who cannot ingest real animals cannot benefit from their relaxing effects!
Don’t worry if you don’t have pets, do you have a computer, tablet or smartphone? A scientific study published in First Stop Singapore shows that watching videos of cute animals also reduces stress … And videos of animals that are too cute are abundant on the internet! And without the whims of your dog’s daily outings …
Funny animal videos appear daily on all Facebook, Twitter and other news feeds. And the scientific study explains that these images or videos reduce the stress for the viewer.
The basics of the study
19 British participants were offered animal pictures in a study at the University of Leeds (UK). The candidates were exposed to animal videos for 30 minutes. “5 of the 19 participants had to take an exam 90 minutes after watching this slide show. The other four participants were academic staff who reported feeling stressed at work. “Explains the Yahoo Actu site.
The results of the study
The heart rate decreased by an average of 6.65% for all participants. But the blood pressure also fell. And that after only 30 minutes. Andrea Utley, researcher and author of the study, explains: “Throughout the session, the heart rate and blood pressure of all participants decreased to levels that were considered healthy and indicative of levels of stress and anxiety.
The heart rate decreased by an average of 6.65% for all participants. Photo credit: Shutterstock / Anneka
“The same observation when analyzing blood pressure, which has decreased by an average of 14.9% of the systolic pressure and by up to 18.28% of the diastolic pressure. A decrease in diastolic blood pressure of 23.3% was observed in the participant with the highest heart rate, ”says the body ladepeche.
Anxiety disorders may have decreased by 50% in some subjects. This enables scientists to claim that watching animal videos helps suppress human stress. All you have to do is connect to YouTube, look for funny or tender animals, for a moment of rest and relaxation … your body will thank you.