Did you know that good boys are good for your health? Specifically your mental health?
My good best friend Letters to my Brain provided me some great tips that I have always known deep down, but now can spread to even more best friends of the world.
By just being on standby, a good boy or girl do the following:
Make you go outside. Sunshine sunshine sunshine. Sunshine is SO good for Dad’s mood, and I’m not just talking about my internal glow. AND, outside = walks. A walk never hurt anyone.
Walks give you time to clear your head and to just take a moment to appreciate nature. Even better, if you walk with your dog there’s a multitude of things you can do with them to keep your mind off of your anxieties for a while: play fetch, go on an adventure, explore the woods! Experiencing all of these things with your best friend by your side is just what you need!
Relieve stress. Pet snuggles relieve stress. It’s a scientific fact. Not just a Schmidt tip. Even better than snuggles is petting and snuggling, because the rhythm of a good petting makes you focus on me and not on your stresses. That’s mood quality control.
Oh you guys, I can’t even tell how right our good boy Schmidt is about this point. Just the action of cuddling with a dog releases so much dopamine it’s unreal. You literally just get to hang out with your favorite pet and cuddle and pet them and you get almost instantly happy. It’s well worth the time spent to just hang out with your dog and destress.
Keep you from feeling lonely. Bad day? Schmidt is here. Best friends being mean? Schmidt is here. Have a lack of general motivation? Schmidt is here and you kinda have to take care of me because you are Dad the provider.
Look, I get it. I have depression and anxiety. My biggest fear is being alone. My dogs have been such a blessing because they are so in tune with all of your emotions and just seem to know when you need a cuddle session. You’re never alone with man’s best friend!
Love unconditionally. I provide best friends with life tips pretty regularly. However, this one is straight from the heart. Dad (Or insert other provider title here), you are the center of our world and it would take a lot to keep me from running up to you in a pure act of love. I don’t know what Dad does during the day when I must stay in the box, and it doesn’t matter because when he comes home we are the kings of our castle. The sun rises and sets on Dad, and I will always love Dad.
Love is the cure for the world, am I right? Dogs are known for loving their owners through each and every trial and tribulation. Mine teach me everyday what it means to truly expel love through every pore of my body. I know it’s hard each and every day for us all to see love let alone give it, but having a dog in your life can make that so much easier for you. Your dog is dependent on you in every way so knowing how to love them ultimately teaches you how to love everything around you.
Feel better already? Yeah, me too. READY….SET….Go pet your furry best friend!!