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As I shared a couple of weeks ago, we recently had to say goodbye to one of our beloved pets. And, as our family adjusts, it’s becoming apparent that our other two dogs have experienced some changes as well.
For months, because we were caring for our ailing pet, the others didn’t get as much attention. We didn’t go for walks because we would have had to leave our ill pet at home, and being alone caused her quite a bit of anxiety.
Because of this, we’ve noticed how out of shape the other dogs have gotten (people aren’t the only ones who can become deconditioned with inactivity), and as a result we’ve resumed our walking routines.
Walking the dogs may not seem like self-care on the surface, but what makes this kind of activity special is that sometimes when we care for other living things, we simultaneously care for ourselves. (My husband and I also benefit from the walks.) With careful planning, we can maximize our efforts to create more significant outcomes related to our health.
How do you maximize your self-care efforts?