Do Pet Fish Help With Depression?

Depression is a serious problem in the fast-paced and hectic world we live in. For many of us, it is very difficult to have some time to ourselves where we can think or meditate in peace.

Keeping an aquarium not only helps with depression, it also alleviates insomnia, soothes the mind and helps with establishing a routine.

How Aquariums Help With Depression

Helps With Establishing a Routine

People with depression often find it hard to stay focused and motivated. Establishing a routine can help with getting tasks done.

Fish need to be fed and kept clean regularly. So, if certain chores are combined with the daily fish keeping activities, you are more likely to get them done.

Tasks can be done just before or after feeding the fish in the morning, and other tasks can be scheduled just before or after feeding in the evening as well. Something that needs to be done weekly can be done alongside the water changes.

Soothes The Senses

Watching colourful fish swim around in the aquarium can be very soothing to the eyes. Apart from the visual aspect, a fish tank also has an air pump and a filter. These create low-volume white noise that can also help with making you feel relaxed.

Inhibits Over Thinking

Depressed people are prone to over think. They can waste a lot of time thinking about what could have been done in the past differently or how they have will handle a future situation.

A beautifully set up Aquarium with schools of small fish will distract you from unnecessary thoughts. It will help you to be in the moment, and also to focus your thoughts on something productive.

Helps With Insomnia

Many depressed people have Insomnia. This may be caused by an overactive mind at night which thinks too much when it supposed to rest. Or, it may be due to anxiety.

Having an aquarium in the bedroom where you can watch it while lying in bed will help to calm you down so that it becomes easier to fall asleep.

These are among the reasons that aquariums are placed in waiting areas of doctors, dentists, child care centres and restaurants.

The more species of fish you have in your aquarium, the more relaxed you will feel.

Aquariums have been proven to help reduce blood pressure in people with high blood pressure.

Aquariums require very little regular maintenance, which is easy to do and need very little time. Freshwater fish tanks don’t require a lot of money either.

A lot of fish species that are suitable for beginner fish keepers are available that are easy to take care of. If you spend a little extra money and time in caring for the tank, a planted tank will work wonders for soothing your mind.

That said, even a freshwater tank without plants can do the job, if you have multiple species of fish, specially schooling species. There is something magical about watching a group of fish swim together.

An aquarium will also help depressed people in developing a hobby. Pursuing a hobby is great for mental wellness. The more species of fish you have in your aquarium, the more relaxed you will feel.

For maximum benefit, keep fish species that stay small. Larger fish are not as appealing for helping with depression.

The sound of running water is also very soothing. There are some types of filters that drop some water into the tank constantly. This will create a non-stop sound of flowing water, helping with calming you even more.

Syed Baseeruddin Hyder

I’ve been keeping fish and invertebrates in aquariums for over 5 years. Over the years, I’ve kept more than 15 different species of fish and invertebrates. Through, I hope to guide new and experienced fish keepers alike with as detailed information as I can get.

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