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The​ ​Psychological​ ​Benefits​ ​of​ ​Owning​ ​an​ ​Aquarium

Did​ ​you​ ​know​ ​that​ ​owning​ ​an​ ​aquarium​ ​can​ ​have​ ​health​ ​and​ ​psychological​ ​benefits​ ​that​ ​go beyond​ ​standard​ ​treatments?​ ​We​ ​explore​ ​the​ ​multitude​ ​of​ ​health​ ​and​ ​psychological​ ​benefits​ ​you receive​ ​by​ ​owning​ ​an​ ​aquarium.
Health​ ​Benefits
Because​ ​of​ ​the​ ​calming​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​watching​ ​fish​ ​float​ ​effortlessly​ ​through​ ​soothing​ ​waters,​ ​a reduction​ ​in​ ​blood​ ​pressure​ ​is​ ​a​ ​frequent​ ​benefit​ ​of​ ​having​ ​an​ ​aquarium​ ​in​ ​your​ ​space.​ ​Many studies​ ​show​ ​any​ ​type​ ​of​ ​aquarium​ ​helps,​ ​but​ ​one​ ​with​ ​pleasing​ ​decor​ ​and​ ​fish​ ​reduce​ ​blood pressure​ ​more​ ​than​ ​fishless​ ​tanks.
Interestingly,​ ​aquariums​ ​have​ ​also​ ​been​ ​shown​ ​to​ ​have​ ​an​ ​effect​ ​on​ ​Alzheimer’s​ ​patients, reducing​ ​anxiety​ ​and​ ​aggressive​ ​behavior.​ ​Studies​ ​also​ ​show​ ​that​ ​those​ ​suffering​ ​from​ ​insomnia sleep​ ​better​ ​with​ ​an​ ​aquarium​ ​in​ ​their​ ​room.
Psychological​ ​Benefits
Perhaps​ ​it’s​ ​the​ ​slow​ ​movement​ ​of​ ​fish​ ​gliding​ ​around​ ​that​ ​slows​ ​us​ ​down​ ​and​ ​reminds​ ​us​ ​to​ ​be in​ ​the​ ​moment,​ ​even​ ​if​ ​it​ ​is​ ​for​ ​just​ ​a​ ​moment.​ ​Aquariums​ ​reduce​ ​stress,​ ​encourage​ ​relaxation, calm​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​and​ ​alleviate​ ​anxiety.​ ​Children​ ​with​ ​ADHD​ ​can​ ​become​ ​more​ ​calm​ ​after​ ​spending some​ ​time​ ​watching​ ​fish.
Additionally,​ ​aquariums​ ​have​ ​been​ ​shown​ ​to​ ​have​ ​similar​ ​effects​ ​to​ ​hypnosis.​ ​Patients​ ​exposed to​ ​an​ ​aquarium​ ​during​ ​treatment​ ​generally​ ​require​ ​less​ ​pain​ ​medication.
Perhaps​ ​it’s​ ​the​ ​link​ ​to​ ​a​ ​natural​ ​environment​ ​in​ ​our​ ​home​ ​or​ ​office,​ ​or​ ​bringing​ ​that​ ​underwater wonder​ ​to​ ​land,​ ​that​ ​reduces​ ​our​ ​overall​ ​stress​ ​level.​ ​Or​ ​maybe​ ​it’s​ ​our​ ​link​ ​to​ ​animals​ ​that provides​ ​the​ ​therapeutic​ ​benefit.
What​ ​do​ ​you​ ​think?​ ​Have​ ​you​ ​experienced​ ​reduced​ ​stress​ ​or​ ​other​ ​health​ ​benefits​ ​from
aquariums?

About Jon Wolf

Servicing Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana & Michigan, Blue Planet Aquarium Services has been the most trusted name in aquarium design, installation and maintenance since 1999. A company large enough to be dependable but small enough to still watch out for your best interests, Blue Planet is the only company to call if you are planning to install an aquarium or have one maintained.