Companioning your pet through this fourth stage of life can be a difficult task, and it’s important to remember that while you provide the care and support that your pet needs, you should carve out some time to care for yourself, too! Here are a few ideas of ways to practice self-care:
- Get out and about. Spending time with your pet at home is important, but it can also be helpful to take time away from home and go out and do something you enjoy. See a movie, visit a favorite restaurant, or take a walk around the block. Whatever you do, do not let yourself feel guilty for taking time away from your pet.
- Unplug from the virtual world. Take an hour and put your devices in airplane mode, turn off the television, and unwind from the distractions that being constantly available can bring. Read a book, curl up for a nap, journal, or sit quietly and reflect.
- Take five deep breaths. Breathe in deeply from your nose and exhale from your mouth. This exercise can be done at any time. Place one hand on your belly. With each breath in, your belly should push out, and with each breath in, your belly should contract.
- Drink more water! Start by adding an extra glass per day to your routine. Water not only helps your body detoxify, it also helps to hydrate your skin, and it will help you feel better overall.
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