Overwhelmed? Stressed Out? Worried and Anxious? Yes, yes, yes, yes. As the holidays loom just over the horizon and demands at work seem to increase every day, you can feel the stress building. It’s in the air. Whether you’re overloaded or just had a bad day, you have an amazing partner waiting at home who wants to help: your dog.
It’s been proven time and again that dogs, and pets in general, help reduce stress and anxiety in their human counterparts. Here are 3 simple ways you can let your dog help you out, and I’ll bet you will BOTH benefit from the experience!
So, pick one or pick three, but spend some time with your dog tonight. Unwind. Let go. Breathe deeply! Laugh! Smile! And overall, feel better.
1. Get Down ‘Der!
Sit down, on the floor, and let your dog maul you with kisses and hugs. Who cares what you’re wearing? You can wash it. Hair/makeup? Let it go. Be in the moment, forget everything you just left behind at work, and let your dog shower you with love. I guarantee you will feel lighter! But seriously, the couch does not count. Sit down on the floor like you’re a kid again!
2. Walk it off!
Go for a walk. Seems obvious, right? Here are some conditions, though. No cell phone. No busy thoughts. Just leash up your pup and get outside. Pick a random route, let your dog sniff, wander at will. Getting yourself moving and out of the house is a sure way to help release pent-up anxiety. Walk it off! Let your mind wander, let your body relax, and just enjoy the outdoors with your best bud.
3. Clean ‘Em Up!
Grooming your dog can be a therapeutic activity to let your mind unwind. Whether you grab a brush or give your dog a bath, devote yourself to the task. Even if your dog’s bath gets a little wet and wild, it will make you laugh! Got more than one dog? Great! Even more stress relief for you! Focusing on the process will clear everything else from your mind. Plus, you will have a clean dog afterwards! Skip the nail trims, though, because it’s not often a relaxing experience!
Let me know what works for you! I’m sure there are plenty of other ideas out there!
Whatever you choose, spend some time with your dog and just relax in the moment. Ommm....