What Doggies Teach Us About Wellbeing

We both take a snooze and Stan gladly welcomes tummy rubs...

We both take a snooze and Stan gladly welcomes tummy rubs...

I can't believe we're well into August. Summer is sadly winding down, but with that approaches my favorite time of year, Fall, so I'm not too bummed. I hope you are fully enjoying these precious days of sunshine, beach/pool time, picnics and warm evening walks. 

As a relatively new dog mom and health coach, I've been drawing some funny parallels between the wellbeing habits of my dog, Stanley, and self-care habits I help my clients integrate into their own lifestyles. On days where we are just too busy to eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep, we seriously need to look to (wo)man's best friend for reminders!! 

Each day, Stan reminds me of the importance of the basics. He:

Gotta get your greens :)

Gotta get your greens :)

  • Eats a nutritious, high fiber diet (human = eat lots of veggies for good, stable energy)
  • Does his morning downward dog stretch (human = stretch first thing to wake up your body vs. hitting the snooze button 8 times)
  • Stares at the wall in silence for a good chunk of the day (human = take small pauses throughout the day to meditate)
  • Takes 4 walks a day (human = exercise, get outside, breath some fresh air and put your body to use)
  • Receives tummy rubs from his momma (human = get a massage to help you relax. The $ will pay dividends in so many aspects of your life) 
  • Cleans his paws, legs, tush and you know what (I know, ick!) probably 20 times a day (human = shower, wash face, brush teeth, floss, moisturize, etc...))
  • Tail wagging when I walk in the door everyday (human = find joy in the small things)
  • Stretches intermittently throughout the day (human = yoga/stretch when you get up from your desk) 
Doggies winding down from a good run at the park

Doggies winding down from a good run at the park

  • Plays with his friends (humans = socialize, laugh 'til your cheeks and abs hurt)
  • Takes naps (human = it's ok to take a break, especially if you have the flexibility to do it and then come back refreshed to get your work done)
  • Enjoys the {occasional} treat sans guilt (human = ice cream and chocolate in moderation does the body and soul a lot of good when you truly enjoy it) 
  • Protects his sacred sleeping space (human = sleep hygiene/routine is key to getting good sleep)

Focus on doing one nice thing for yourself everyday - even if it's just 5-10 minutes. Add on 5 minutes next week. And 5 more the following week. 

Incorporating more of the basics into your day helps you be a better person and enables you to live in the moment... Take care of you, feel and be your best, and suddenly, you wake up with genuine energy to take care of those around you. You tackle your day with excitement and optimism. It's worth a try and I sure can attest to it. 

Tons of love to you on this Wednesday:)!

xoxox

Liz (& Stan)

Tail up, tongue out = happy dog

Tail up, tongue out = happy dog