To say that 2020 was a challenging year is a huge understatement. The lessons we’ve learned will stay with us for a long time. One of the most important ones, if not the most important one, is to take better care of ourselves and the ones we love. Given that most of our plans for 2020 had to be either postponed or forgotten, what can we set out to do that we can stick with and know that would benefit us and our dogs? Your friends at Wikopet compiled this short list of suggestions, approved by our expert doggo team:
Walk every day
If you aren’t very active by nature, 2021 might not be the best year to invest in an annual gym membership on the very first day of the year. What you should consider doing instead is to set out to walk every day. You’ll be surprised to discover how quickly you will see the benefits: the fresh air, the endorphins coming from being outdoors and an incredibly happy pup. How is this for a nice, gentle start of a new year?
2. Make your own meals
There are few better ways to maintain control over how much money you spend and how many calories you consume than taking charge of your meals. Nobody knows more about what your eating preferences are than you, so find a few simple recipes, get the needed supplies, and have at it! Just make sure you drop some scraps once in a while, so that your best friend can have some fun with it too.
3. Spend more time at home
This is a piece of advice you might not like so much. After all, we were all stuck at home for what seemed like the better part of last year. Many of us have reorganized and made our homes less cluttered and more welcoming, so why not relax and enjoy the fruits of our hard work now? Nobody will appreciate more than our doggos who have really gotten used to having us around.
4. Be good to yourself
It might have been a while since you’ve been on a plane last, but we are sure that you remember the oxygen mask rule: in an emergency put your own mask on before helping others. Taking care of yourself is a necessity, especially when most of us feel like we have just been run over by a big truck. So, stop beating yourself up over the little (or big) thing you couldn’t get around to. Focus on breathing in and out and give yourself some time to recover. When your mind is at peace, your dog is happier too.
5. Listen to others
Remember the times when we were able to listen to other people without our blood boiling? Wasn’t it nice to be able to talk and exchange more than pleasantries and basic information? We don’t have to agree on everything to have a meaningful conversation and remain open-minded. Once we learn to listen to others, we may even understand what Fido tries to communicate by chewing the shoelaces off our left shoes off? Hope springs eternal!
Wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2021!
Your friends at Wikopet