Pets are a great anxiety reduction tool! Sounds funny to say it that way, but I know my cat can calm me down with every purr. With their unconditional love and unlimited companionship, pets are proven to increase happiness and calmness, and decrease anxiety and blood pressure. They keep us in the present and distract us from negative and anxious thoughts. So the next time you feel that nervous energy, try doing what I do…spend some time with a furry friend.