Some days I just want to curl up underneath a pile of fluffy blankets and pretend that reality doesn’t exist. But unfortunately, I can’t afford to do that. That’s where Lily comes in.

I want to preface this by saying that I have not self-diagnosed myself with anxiety and depression. My mental health was assessed by a medical professional, so if you feel that you may be suffering from the same thing, then get help from a professional that can properly provide you with what you need to get better.

I would also like to mention that I am not claiming that Lily is a certified service animal that I can take wherever I please. She is simply an emotional support animal. That means I have the ability to take her with me on a plane and qualify for no-pet housing. I have gone through the correct process to get her certified, so I am not just making this up or simply using some fake certificate that I bought online.

With that in mind, I am by no means 100% better now that I have been seeing a therapist. I still have days that are incredibly awful and my coping mechanisms do little to ease the torment of my mind. That’s why Lily is so important to me. Whenever I am having those days, I can remind myself that Lily will be there for me. Here are some of the benefits that have come from living with Lily as an emotional support animal.

More Safe and Secure

Oftentimes when I am enjoying a cup of tea or just going through my everyday routine, Lily will not be far behind. Whether it is chirping at me or curling up in my lap while I read a book, it’s always made me feel better at the end of the day. I feel like I would go insane if I didn’t have her in my life.

Eases Anxiety

While Lily can be very sassy, she also shows me unconditional love on a daily basis. This is a major help when I am having an especially bad day. Just knowing that she loves me no matter what can help to ease some of my anxiety. It helps prove me wrong whenever I think that there is no one in the world that loves me.

With that support, I can bounce back pretty quickly and get back to living my life.

Help With Intense Emotions

This one is a lot like easing anxiety. There are days when my emotions become a little too intense for me and it is nearly impossible to accomplish even the simplest tasks. Just seeing how calm Lily is can help redirect my attention. Instead of focusing on how unbearable my current emotions are, I am instead beginning to focus on Lily and it gives me the opportunity I need to steady myself.

 

There are probably some other points that I missed in this post, but overall having Lily around helps me deal with my anxiety and depression on a daily basis. Of course, there are also people in my life that I talk to that also help a great deal when things are hard.

The point of this post was to just talk about the benefits that I experience with an emotional support animal, so I feel that they play an important role in any person’s life if they are also struggling with a mental illness. I also wanted to let others no that they aren’t alone in the struggle and that there are plenty of people out there that understand what they are going through.

 

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-Liza

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