Emotional Wellness

Pets are family ūüíē

John Feltham

April 2, 2021

Today, I am writing about something very close to my heart.

For those who know me, my love for Nature is evident - in my consulting room, my veggie garden, or in the little jungle I call home.

They also know my beloved pet Blondie is everything to me. 

We work and play together, and we have also faced many challenges along the way - 3 countries, 4 states, 5 cities, and counting. 

As I sit here typing these words, a sense of immense relief and gratitude fills my heart. Less than one month ago, I thought I would lose her forever.

Now, witnessing her resilience and courage, I am reminded of how important it is to have faith. To trust our own body, knowing it has an inherent ability to heal. 

And to heal, we need love and connection.

Most pet owners will agree that our fur friends bring us happiness and joy. But, they also give us so much more!

Having a pet comes with some powerful health benefits: 

  • Caring for an animal can help relieve depression and anxiety. It can reduce loneliness.
  • Playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine, making you feel¬†calm and relaxed.
  • Having a pet encourages you to exercise and play, which in turn improve your cardiovascular health.

I personally believe pets teach us LOVE, through their absolute dedication and devotion towards their families.

They teach us forgiveness and understanding. 

They evolved (more than us humans!) to observe and read our emotions, and they respond to them in a more humane way than us, without judgement or expectations. They are simply there for us.

I feel truly blessed and privileged to be given more time with my "Little One", and considering that each month of their lives counts for almost one year of ours, they also teach us to be present.

Make each day count and have more fun!

Spend more time outdoors, in nature.

Adopt a pet.

Foster an animal in need.

Or simply pet a dog, or a cat, or any other animal (humans included!)

But, most importantly, remember that pets are family!

Allow yourself to learn from them, to share unconditional love and care for them because the reality is - you are getting so much more in return!

With love, always

Simone 

 

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