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How your dog can help with your mental health as the UK exits lockdown

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According to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), 3.2 million households have welcomed a new pet into their home since the start of the pandemic. Pet ownership is now at an all-time high, with many people crediting their animals as helping them cope with the UK’s multiple lockdowns.

According to research by the University of York, 90 percent of respondents felt that their pet helped them cope emotionally over the last year.

Nuffield Health have now announced a new and free “Pet Mindfulness” class, which will allow owners to spend dedicated time with their pets, as well as develop their focus.

With the last year proving how much people rely on their furry friends, the classes aim to help people transition back to a post-lockdown world and maintain their relationships with their animals.

The classes will be available for free on its digital fitness and wellbeing platform, ‘Nuffield Health 24/7”.

The new ‘Pet Mindfulness’ classes will be part of Nuffield Health’s other wellbeing sessions, including: Introduction to Mindfulness, Calm Space and Deep Breathing.

For more information, visit 247.nuffieldhealth.com.

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