The Christmas rush is over, the flurry of updated news is constant so it’s no wonder that things may be feeling somewhat stressful in what's supposed to be a relaxing time of year. But fear not, this live webcam of furry friends may be the perfect distraction.
The past few years have showcased the endless benefits of animal therapy* such as lowered blood pressure and the ability to boost your mood, but the reality of incorporating this into your routine regularly may be somewhat of a struggle. So, with this in mind, you can now watch the perfect online equivalent from the comfort of your desk, sofa, or on the go: Introducing the most wholesome webcams yet; donkeys on your device 24 hours a day.
Image: The Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary - the world’s largest equine charity that runs ten sanctuaries across the UK and Europe - has installed multiple webcams in the donkeys’ shelters and barns meaning you can tune in any time of day, from any location.
But why is it that watching donkeys on a livestream could relieve stress symptoms? Clinical psychotherapist Dr Joe Gee explains:
“The presence of animals, and watching animals through online methods such as livestreams can improve mood, reduce levels of anxiety in the body and decrease stress. This is partly down to the oxytocin system which is activated when we feel connection, resulting in good mood feelings such as love, trust, and relaxation. These increases lead to what we might call an upward positivity spiral, where we feel more satisfied, more productive and better able to take on the day ahead!
“What’s more, studies have also shown that our stress related parameters are reduced when we watch animals, with reductions in blood pressure, heart rate and self-reported scores of worry.
“If we then look at this from a psychological perspective, watching videos of animals can also give us a greater sense of perspective, where we might step back from the emotional problems we are in and see ourselves as a part of the natural world. This perspective allows us to draw on our resources and problem solve more effectively.”
From the adorable best-friend duo, Millie and Jump in shelter six, to the herd of gentle giants known as the Poitiou donkeys in the Buffalo Barn, you can simply head to the website and select a view to enjoy a moment of escapism.
Commenting on the donkey webcams, a spokesperson from The Donkey Sanctuary said: “We know that not everyone is able to visit our donkeys as often as they would like, which is why we set up our webcams, allowing people to feel like part of our journey from the comfort of their own homes. There are many wellbeing benefits attached to being around or watching donkeys, and we’re pleased that we’re able to help people to relax and enjoy a moment of escapism from their busy lives.”