When you’re struggling with the famous Monday blues, don’t worry, you don’t just have to tough it out and wait for it to be over every week. You can turn to loved ones around you for help and there’s no better companion for cheering you up than your beloved pets. Spending time together is a great stress reliever and mood booster. How can anyone be down in the dumps with their furry friend to cheer them up?
We’ve come up with some ideas to make Mondays a little less painful by spending time with your pets of all sizes and species!
A fun new dog walk
One surefire way to pick your mood up off the ground is going on a nice relaxing walk with your pooch. No matter the season, even when it’s cold out, walking can still be an enjoyable way to feel better.
It’s a commonly known fact that exercise produces endorphins which can have you instantly feeling like the week isn’t piling on top of you. Along with getting a good walk in for your pup, it’s also a great time to practice mindfulness and really slow your thoughts down by taking in your immediate surroundings. It’s much more difficult to be stressed when you’re walking in the countryside or visiting your favourite beach and watching your beloved pet splash through the shallow waves.
You can either go to a favourite spot that you know is going to relax you or you can find a new and exciting place
to go exploring with your pup. Come rain
or shine or even if this Blue Monday comes with a sprinkling of snow
, dogs still need a walk so you can wrap up warm and go someplace fun with good company.
Downtime with your pet
Just because you’re done with work for the day doesn’t mean you have to go far or make a lot of effort to lift your mood and give your pet some extra time. One of the most valuable things you can provide your pets is your love and attention. While they will always appreciate any effort you put in, just relaxing with them can do both you and them the world of good without even having to leave the house. If you have small furries like rabbits and guinea pigs that are housed outside, bringing them in for some one-on-one time and a cuddle can be rewarding for them and calming for you. Even just picking out your kitten’s favourite toy and having a play, watching them enjoy themselves chasing a wand or teaser
toy can help you to relax.
Spending time with your beloved pets can mean a cuddle, a game or even a nice grooming session but getting your focus on them will always help to put you in a better mood. If you have a new addition to the family, time spent doing things together is an important way to bond
with them. Forming a strong bond with them doesn’t just help you but it means if they ever need any kind of veterinary treatment then they’re likely to trust you further down the line. Pets are part of your family so spending time with them will help you recharge and lift your spirit.
Try something new together
If your day-to-day work is the cause of stress then getting out of a rut can be the best cure for a moody Monday. Trying something new will help to put your mind on something else but will have the added benefit of strengthening your bond with your pets if you get them involved. You can do this with any species of pet and it doesn’t matter how big or how small it might be, they’ll still love it. Maybe treat yourself to some new snacks that you’ve never tried and have a taste test.
You can buy your fluffy friend some new goodies too and discover some new favourites together. If you have boxes lying around, especially after Christmas you can build your pet hamster a maze to get through in the living room and have fun together watching them try to navigate through. Your hamster will love every second of getting to use their brain and if there’s a reward at the end, they’ll enjoy it even more.
If you want to be even more adventurous, there are so many activities you can try with your pooch. Take them to a trick training or obedience class to sharpen their skills! If you have an active breed they might even enjoy agility classes. You don’t have to want to compete to join classes, there are plenty of clubs that do obedience or agility for fun and at a beginner level. There are always plenty of new things you can try with your fluffy family member to shift your focus onto something for fun and avoid the Monday blues.
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