5 Self-Care Tips From a Dog
Our little dog Chip is the queen of relaxation. We are routinely jealous at her for being able to curl right back up in bed — usually our beds, mind you, rather than her dog bed by the heater — in the morning while day jobs call the rest of us.
Considering how important self-care is, particularly mental health, and how frequent it is as a new year’s resolution for people, we could all learn a few tips from our fur-children on how to take care of ourselves.
Dogs love the outdoors and it’s probably one of the reasons why they’re usually such happy creatures. Soaking up a bit of sunlight can do wonders for your mood, as well as taking a walk and getting a bit of exercise to get your endorphins going.
Let’s be real, dogs are usually goofballs. They’re always wagging their tails when they see their loved ones and friends, a simple form of communication that honestly perks up people. Who hasn’t been able to smile after seeing a cute dog spot you and wag their tail in a greeting?
Have a treat
Dogs never say no to treats and cookies. Don’t be afraid to have one yourself, especially as a reward or praise when you do something well. If you’re having a particularly bad day, treat yourself for even doing something small: “I loaded the dishwasher, now I can have a piece of chocolate.” Rewards make you feel productive and happy, like successfully learning a trick.
Enjoy a spa day
Okay, so not all dogs enjoy baths, ours included. However, there is no denying that having a bit of a spa day — someone else doing your nails or getting your hair done or a nice massage — bolsters your mood. Chip isn’t thrilled with going to the groomers, but she is definitely more energetic and bright-eyed after she gets a nice haircut.
Spend time with friends
Chip isn’t one for dog parks, but she has her “cousin” Cookie that she gets along with, her litter-mate Bailey, and her “brother,” Chase the cat. Being social once in a while is good for everyone, even if you’re just getting together for dessert or a nap.
Dogs as a whole tend to have good lives as long as they’re with good people. We could all stand to take a page out of their books for how to take care of ourselves and be happy.