Your own self-care is important too!
Part of being your best pet parent is focusing on being your happiest self. Check out 3 of our tips to help you improve your own self-care!
1. Eat healthy:
We’re super concentrated on the food choices we make for our pups and for good reason - we understand the impact of what they eat and how it connects to their quality of life and longevity. Unfortunately, we often don’t do the same for ourselves; but, we should, because what you eat directly affects the ability of your body to function optimally, including your brain and your immune system.
A great first step: eat real food and avoid less processed or refined foods. According to Harvard Medical School, “Multiple studies have found a correlation between a diet high in refined sugars and impaired brain function — and even a worsening of symptoms of mood disorders, such as depression.” A good rule of paw is that you should be able to recognize all of the ingredients on the label. Try it for a few weeks & see how you feel. Take note of how what you’re eating affects your mood.
2. Join a community:
We’re totally focused on socializing our dogs, making sure they have enough playtime with other dogs whether one-on-one or in groups; however, it can sometimes be hard to prioritize our own social needs. Often, we think about that email that just needs to get sent or feel pressure from work/school and decide to opt out of social plans. Unfortunately, that might not be the best decision for our health or overall well-being. According to Psychology Today, “social connection strengthens our immune system, helps us recover from disease faster and may even lengthen our life.”
Luckily, in an increasingly disconnected world, our dogs provide an easy way to create community. You’re part of one by being a member of Goldn – and (spoiler alert) we’re going to start rolling out more community oriented events soon! In the meantime, think of some community you can join or be a part of right now. An easy hack is to sign up for a class with your dog or commit to going to a dog park every day at the same time. You’ll probably start to see the same people and bond with them over your shared love of your pups.
3. Do something just for fun:
Something our dogs inherently know is that life is meant to be enjoyed. As we get older and responsibility sets in, we often stop taking part in the play or activities that we enjoyed as kids. And this causes us to miss out on a deeper and fuller life experience. As psychiatrist Stuart Brown states, “What all play has in common is that it offers a sense of engagement and pleasure, takes the player out of a sense of time and place, and the experience of doing it is more important than the outcome.”
This week, pick something you enjoy doing just for fun and incorporate it into your weekly routine. It could be a dog-focused activity, like fetch or morning runs alongside your pup, or something just for you, like learning to knit or embroider, reading a novel, or taking up painting. Here’s a cute DIY paint by numbers dog kit for some inspo.