With social distancing orders still in place for much of the nation and even as we slowly begin to open up some of the businesses, it’s important that we all do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19. What that looks like is a summer 2020 season that is spent more at home then out and about.
If you have a backyard and children maybe it means more time poolside or grilling together in the yard. Whatever it means for you, be sure to call and utilize technology to check in on those you love who may be alone or have less human contact.
Our pets are a great resource for de-stressing and maintaining a critical social and emotional bond. Many four-legged friends can also sense when we are worried or stressed and could begin showing behaviors of that anxiety. It’s worth it to spend some time cuddling together as we navigate this new normal for all of society.
Here are some things you can do with your pet to help you both stay at ease and decompress.
Clean and Create a Cozy Place
You may not realize it but all of the clutter in your living space could be adding to your stress levels. One of the best ways to relax is to clean up all of that mess and then decorate, minimize, and make a cozy space that you can sit in and enjoy. Cuddle with your pet, a warm cup of coffee or a good book and forget about the outside for just a bit.
Start a Workout Regimen
They say movement is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Take some time during this quarantine to set yourself a regular workout regimen. One that involves your pet will be mutually beneficial. Plan a walking route and aim to go twice a day for the best cardiovascular health and stress reduction benefit.
Rewarding good behavior isn’t the only time to think about treats. Sometimes a taste good treat can change the mood or make the last few hours of the day unwinding on the couch a little more pleasurable. Don’t overindulge but allow yourself a little extra something nice once in a while.