Keeping Fish Reduces Stress and Improves Mental Health

15 Ways Keeping Fish Reduces Stress

~ Improves Mental Health ~

If you’re a pet person, you don’t need me to tell you how relaxing it is just to spend time with your pet. You probably know that cats, dogs, and large animals all provide us with the feel-good factor, but even pets as small as fish can bring us plenty of health benefits too. Research shows that keeping fish reduces stress and helps improve mental health too.

Keeping Fish Reduces Stress and Improves Mental Health

Research carried out by Deakin University in Melbourne has found that “contact with nature may provide an effective population-wide strategy in the prevention of mental ill health.” With the approximately 1 in 5 adults in America suffering from mental health problems, keeping fish can provide a real and effective way of helping these people. Not only does maintaining fish reduce stress and anxiety levels, but a study carried out by the National Marine Aquarium also found that those who spent time in aquariums had increased self-reported moods.

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This goes to show that to get the health benefits associated with fish, you don’t necessarily need to keep them as pets; instead, you can go and view them at your local aquarium. Keeping fish is especially beneficial for people who have Alzheimer’s and children with disruptive behavior disorders. The infographic below by Fishkeeping World is a visual, easy-to-read round-up of all the best research that has been carried out into aquariums and how they improve mental health and reduce stress. It looks at what ‘fish therapy’ is, and how fish can bring peace and tranquillity into our everyday lives.

15 Ways Fish Reduce Stress and Improve Mental HealthCourtesy of: Fishkeeping World


Just like you would spend money on yoga, and exercise and meditation to look after your body and mental health, keeping fish is a quick and inexpensive way of achieving the same thing.


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4 thoughts on “Keeping Fish Reduces Stress and Improves Mental Health”

  1. Hi Jeanne! It’s really amazing to know the benefits of fish keeping. I am a fish person for a very long time. I have two red ear sliders, one half moon betta, one bolivian & german blue ram tank, one freshwater community tank (mostly tetras & rasboras), one cherry shrimp tank and one reef tank! I really enjoy spending time with my fishes and it relieves stress. Now I know it’s all scientific 🙂


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