I am always thinking of things that give me that refresh and reboot feeling that I get when I’m on vacation.  Mainly because we can’t always be on vacation!  There’s the usual advice to “have a spa day”, meditate, maybe do a facial at home, etc. You know the rundown because there are millions of articles about it.  But my advice is a little different.  I get that vacation reboot when I hang with my dog.  I’m not talking about walking the dog around the block, like another chore of the day, I’m talking about REALLY walking your dog and REALLY hanging with them.

The thing with dogs is no matter your mood—depressed, anxious, or stressed—one puppy eyed  look from your pet and you’ll have to get out of bed to feed, exercise, and care for them. Providing sensory stress relief. … Stroking a dog, cat, or other animal can lower blood pressure and help you quickly feel calmer and less stressed.

My sisters and I are real dog lovers (as you can see).  One of our family past times is going on a walk with the dogs.  This usually entails us heading out to a beach, a park, or maybe even a hike.  We like to go somewhere where our dogs don’t have to be on leash.  If you can find a place where your dog can run free as you walk along beside them, do it!  Here’s why.  The dogs are hilarious.  I have so many memories of our family hitting a hike and having the dogs completely entertain us as we go.  The dogs feel the freedom and they love it.  They run, play, jump, run away, come back, and overall they have a way of having you live in that very moment.

Now I get it, I get it, we don’t always want to hit the pavement and go on a long walk.  Let’s say you want to hang at home for the day, perhaps even read a book.  Having that snuggle bug by your side gives you that perfect amount of companionship as you do that “me moment” activity.  Whether it’s being active with your dog, or snuggling with them at night, they are always putting a smile on your face.  They have this great ability to take you out of your own head, even if it’s just for a second.  Laughing, walking in nature, and bonding with your puppy love will fill your heart and soul, just like a vacation!  (well kinda hehe).