By Emily Gantt
Published: 01/26/2021, edited: 01/26/2021
We get it. Life can be a downer sometimes. But that doesn't mean you and Fido can't live your best life, even if things aren't how you pictured they would turn out. These simple ways to live a happier life with your dog will help you make the best of what you have and turn those lemons into lemonade.
Mindfulness is a simple way to live a happier life since it encourages you to be present and not overthink. Dogs are fantastic at helping people practice mindfulness. Pets have a way of bringing us back to reality when we're in the midst of a negative thought pattern. Practice mindfulness by really feeling the embrace of a doggy hug and the softness of their fur.
Dogs know if you're distracted or if you're really paying attention to them. Put down the phone, switch off the tube, and take time to pet or play with your dog. Your pup will appreciate all the special time with you, and you'll learn how to be more present and enjoy the moment.
Meditation is shown to lower blood pressure and stress levels for humans and puppers. Try to synchronize your breathing with Fido's and let your worries melt away. If you have a hyperactive dog, it might be a good idea to meditate before Fido's normal nap time or when they're tuckered out. Some pets see their parents sit down and assume it's time for kisses and wallows. You can also try combining meditation and yoga for some stress-relieving exercise.
So what if you didn't cross everything off your to-do list? Pat yourself on the back for what you did do. Celebrate those little accomplishments with a treat for you and Fido. Bake some cookies for yourself and some homemade treats for Fido and try again tomorrow!
Sunlight is a natural mood booster since it encourages your brain to release more serotonin. Besides being great for humans, outdoor excursions are always exciting for pups, thanks to all the sights and smells. Skip the sidewalk and hit a secluded trail for some peace and quiet in the great outdoors. While you're out, take time to appreciate the fresh air, listen to the birds chirp, and get back in tune with Mother Earth.
We know, you're probably tired of hearing how you'll feel better if you exercise, but it's true! Besides releasing pent-up energy, exercise releases endorphins for both humans and animals — dogs included.
Crafting is a great way to relieve stress and live in the moment. The key to stress-free crafting is to do it without expectations. So what if you smear your paint? Remember, the fun is in the process, so do some paw print art and let your creativity flow.
Even the most angelic of pups can't be "pawfect" all the time. Sometimes, the dog bed explodes on its own, and other times, "surprises" materialize on our beds. Learn to laugh these things off. Take a picture and post it in those funny dog shaming groups. Sure, you'll need to deal with these behaviors, but don't let them ruin your day.
Have you ever heard the old adage, "Worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair? It's something to do, but it gets you nowhere?" It's true! Worry is a thief of joy. When you feel that dark cloud of anxiety creeping up on you, do some breathing exercises with Fido and focus on the here and now.
One of the simplest ways to live a happier life is to get more rest. Sleep deprivation is linked to depression, and research shows that people who get a full night's rest are happier than those who don't. Snuggle up to your pup and get those zzz's in when you can. A few extra hours will have you kicking the blues away like you do the covers.
The simplest way to live a happier life with your dog is to keep a positive attitude. Remember, happiness is a choice. Count your blessings (your dog included!) and keep your chin up.
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