If you’ve ever owned a pet that you’ve connected with, you’ll understand that there’s something special about the human-animal bond. It’s easy to love an animal unconditionally, and even easier to put their needs above our own. With COVID-19 keeping us indoors, we might not even realize how pets are helping us through the pandemic on a daily basis.
On top of the health benefits of increasing physical activity and keeping us engaged during this time, pets do the heart good. When your cat rubs its head against yours or your dog wags its tail, it’s easy to feel special and loved.
Regardless of whether you’re in recovery or not, pets have a profound effect on how we function. For those in recovery, having a pet might make the difference between maintaining recovery or relapsing. Animals are notorious for improving our mental health in times of need and crisis.
If you’ve been struggling to look at the positives in this stressful time, you’re not alone. However, it’s important to remember that if you’re a pet owner, having a pet is a privilege and a pleasure. Take a look at these reminders of how our pets help us not only in a pandemic, but also on a daily basis.
Taking Our Minds Off the Madness
Have you ever played with your animal for so long you lost track of time? If so, you’re definitely not the only one who’s done so. Walking or playing with your dog gives you something to do outside of yourself, which always feels rewarding.
Taking care of our pets can give us a reason to take a breather and go outside for a few minutes every day so we’re not stranded inside. It’s hard to allow yourself to spiral when you know that your pet’s well-being depends on keeping your cool.
Reducing Stress with Emotional Support
Caring for someone other than ourselves, whether it’s a partner, plant, or pet, can help us take our mind off of what’s at hand. Nurturing something can also make whatever is bringing us anxiety or stress melt away, and can feel therapeutic and calming.
Having a sense of purpose can make or break the way that we feel while social distancing or in quarantine. If we’re listless and without routine, we can spiral into an unhappiness way beyond our control.
Pets can help bring a sense of order into our lives that we may not even recognize. Taking your dog on that walk does so much more than give him a chance to relieve himself. It’s also giving you the opportunity to take a breath of fresh air and maintain some semblance of normalcy.
Bringing Us Joy Every Day
Animals, whether it’s a bird, a rat, a dog, or cat, have the ability to bring us unbridled joy. We tell them secrets, hug them when we’re sad, and we watch them do things that make us laugh. When a dog whines at us or puts on their puppy eyes for attention, we can’t help but find them funny and give in.
An animal’s excitement at having you home every day can brighten even the darkest days in quarantine. Knowing that our pets will be there through thick and thin can help ground us during this time of stress and change.
Even at their most aggravating, we can’t help but shower our animals with unconditional love and affection. Human-animal interaction can help ease us through the nation-wide stressfulness we’re all experiencing. Although it’s easy to get anxious with everything right now, let’s try to focus on the beacons of light in our lives.
Staying By Your Side Through the Hardest Times
If you’re not sure if you can make it through this pandemic without using, you don’t have to worry about leaving your pet behind. At Recovery Unplugged, we’re committed to keeping you and your animal together through the treatment process.
Don’t use your pet as a reason to not go to treatment. At Recovery Unplugged, your pet can stay by your side through the rockiest of bottoms.