Why Having a Dog is Good for Your Mental Health
As a working professional, you are likely always on the go, working long hours and trying to balance your personal and professional life. This fast-paced lifestyle can take a toll on your mental readiness and well-being, causing stress or even anxiety.
Ask yourself if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed after a long day at work. Or if you’re in need of some extra love and companionship when you reach home, tired and depleted of brain power. If your answer is yes, it might be time to consider adding a furry friend to your life. Yes, you heard that right – a cat or dog can be the perfect solution to boosting your mental health and improving your mental readiness.
Why? With over 163 million furry friends gracing American households, there’s no denying the paw-sitive impact they have on our daily lives. Sure, there may be a few scratched upholsteries and flower beds, not to mention the occasional vet bill, but the joy they bring is priceless, and the opportunities for new happy memories are huge.
Unleashing the Power of Paws
First of all, let’s talk about the mental health benefits of having a dog. Studies have shown that just petting a dog can lower your stress levels and increase feelings of well-being. The reason is that petting a dog can lower your cortisol, a hormone related to stress, and increase the release of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes feelings of happiness and relaxation. Spending time with your dog can also help calm your mind, taking you away from the day’s worries and providing a moment of peace and tranquility.
Think about coming home from a long day at work and having a wagging tail greeting you at the door – instant mood boost, right?
It’s not only good for your mood – your mental readiness will benefit, too. Especially if you establish spending time with your dog as a daily routine.
Paws For Purpose
Ever felt like you’re just going through the motions, day in and day out? Like you are missing that spark, that sense of purpose in your life? Well, let me tell you how owning a dog can change all that too!
With a dog by your side, you’ll have a new sense of responsibility and fulfillment. Taking care of your pup gives you a reason to get up and move, whether it’s going for a walk, playing in the park, or just making sure they’re fed and hydrated. And with each wag of their tail, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and pride knowing that you’re providing a loving home for your loyal companion.
But it’s not just about the practical side of things.
Your dog will also provide you with unconditional love and affection
Just imagine coming home from a long day at work and being greeted by a joyful companion and wet kisses – it’s enough to make anyone’s day!
A Paw-Some Companion For Mental Readiness
Now, let’s move on to mental readiness. Dogs are excellent companions for physical activity and are always excited to go outside. Whether you go for a run, walk, or hike, you’ll find that spending time with your dog in nature can help you feel refreshed and focused. Regular physical activity has been shown to benefit mental readiness and overall mental health significantly. And having a dog can provide you with the motivation you need to be more active.
On top of that, walking your dog provides a sense of structure and routine, giving you a sense of control over your busy schedule. It also gives you a much-needed break from your daily grind by helping you to recharge and refocus. The cherry on the cake? Your furry playdates can even improve your cognitive function and concentration, getting you ready to tackle the challenges of the day and making you a mental powerhouse over time. Mental readiness is like any of your muscles, you need to stimulate it or it will atrophy.
An early morning stroll will for example help you build resilience for upcoming meetings at work and an evening walk will help you disconnect from work by engaging you in play and preparing your body for a better night’s sleep.
Just picture yourself and your furry friend exploring the neighborhood or a scenic trail, breathing in fresh air, catching a sunset, and enjoying each other’s company.
Level Up Your Self-Care Game with Earkick
Want to see just how much of an impact your dog is having on your mental health and mental readiness? Earkick is here to help! This free self-care companion app not only measures the positive impact of your dog on your life, but it also helps you set achievable goals and establish micro routines in a gamified way.
Earkick allows you to make daily self-check-ins via text, voice, or video, and displays your progress from day one onwards.
You’ll get help in setting up the habits and customizable reminders you need to be a fantastic dog owner.
You’ll find yourself on the way to your healthiest self in no time: Earkick supports you on every step of your journey by providing instant feedback and actionable suggestions for improving your mental health and mental readiness. And guess what, a happy and healthy dog owner is the best your furry friend can ask for.
So, why not make the most out of your furry companion by tracking your progress and improving your self-care game? Unleash a healthier, happier you with your dog and with Earkick!
Ready to give it a try and boost mental readiness? Download your self-care companion today.