Health Benefits Of Owning A Fish Tank

Our lives can be busy and stressful, and it is not surprising to hear that hobbies can take your mind off those stresses from time to time. What can come as a surprise is knowing that keeping a fish tank has more benefits than you might be aware of. 6 in fact, here is how they can help you!

  1. Reduced levels of stress

According to the principles of Feng Shui, a fish tank is a token of wealth and luck and comes with many health benefits, one being that this reduces stress levels. Fish have a hypnotic effect as they swim around a tank, this can distract you from the real world and your stressful thoughts. When you take the time to sit and watch a thriving home aquarium, you can’t help but feel a little less stressed. You are no longer focusing on the negative, you will feel your stress swimming away. Managing stress level is very important for your overall health and wellbeing. 

  1. Improvements in sleep quality

Sleeping well is a key health benefit. Watching the fish tank before bed reduces stress easing you into a good nights sleep.  It has been suggested that many fish keepings have their tank in their bedroom, the soothing lights or white noise can help sooth you into a full nights sleep. If you have trouble  sleeping maybe its time to try a new technique and add a decorative cube tank to the bedroom aesthetics.

  1. Lowered blood pressure and heart rate

We already know that the reduced stress and better nights sleep will help lower the heart rate and blood pressure, so all three go hand in hand. Taking a few moments to watch your tank you can simply feel your heart rate calm. Research doctors have found that blood pressure has been reduced by 3% while watching the plants move around in the tank, and 7% from fish being present in the tank. Fish tanks have greatly improved the health of those who have suffered a heart attack as this keeps their stress and blood pressure lower. The best tanks in these cases would be one as big as a TV so that you can escape into an underwater world. We have a wide range of fish tanks with cabinets, so you do not have to worry about surface space.

  1. Decreased pain and anxiety

We all probably know a dentist that has an aquarium in their practise. There is a good reason for this; watching an aquarium has been scientifically proven to reduce pain and anxiety. Along with the reduced heart rate, it can ease away your pain and distract your mind from solely focusing on what you might be experiencing.

  1. Improved focus and creativity

Another perfect spot to add a fish tank is your workspace. Due to the ability of reducing the stress levels, blood pressure and better sleep, this allows you to open your mind on new projects. Enables you to become more focused, productive, and creative. Something small and easy to look after is best suited to a work place such as the All Pond Solutions Curve which is available in multiple colours so that they can match the décor or stand out.

The more aesthetically pleasing the tank is the better your mood so when adding the tank to your office or workplace make sure to add plenty of plants and colourful fish to bring some calm and happy vibes to work.

  1. Calming effect for children and Alzheimer's patients

Now you have read the above points, its easy to see why it’s been proven that children with hyperactivity disorders as well as Alzheimer’s patients benefit from a home aquarium. Not only does it provide a beautiful visual stimulation environment it also has a calming effect, improves mood and alertness.

It can reduce aggressive behaviour and teach children the benefits of keeping pets. Sharing supervised cleaning duties with younger children is a wonderful way of encouraging children to assist with responsibility.

Remember if you do not have a home aquarium, go to a public aquarium, and consider these points. See how calming taking a few moments sat watching the beautiful colours and thriving life in the tanks.

Studies show that spending time in public aquarium has the same physical and mental wellbeing benefits.

Final thoughts

When choosing your aquarium, choose something that suits your lifestyle. If you have lots of free time to maintain a large aquarium, then that’s perfect. But be realistic, consider and research what you need to do to maintain the aquarium and the livestock you wish to keep.

Establish a routine and schedule when you plan to feed, test the water, change the water, clean the aquarium, filter and so on.  Once an easy to maintain routine is established you can then relax knowing that your fish are always going to be cared after, because they wont be able to sit on your lap, purr or bark letting you know when they need you.