by Loree Walden, Marketing Manager, Yavapai Humane Society
I recently found a quote I wanted to share as June is Men’s Health Month: “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.”
Powerful words that make sense not only for men, but for all of us!
Taking care of our health goes beyond just exercising our bodies. It encompasses our emotional well-being, mental health, eating the right foods and making sure you we have enough “me” time!
Another quote I found sums this up perfectly: “Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize or appreciate until they have been depleted.”
Being motivated to get physical exercise is always a challenge, especially after a long hard day at work. There are chores to do, bills to pay, kids to feed and probably work we didn’t finish at the office.
The one thing that makes me put all that on the backburner and head straight out the door for a long walk is my precious dog. No matter what else is going on in my life, how much work there is to do or how tired (and grumpy) I am, I grab the leash, poop bags and Cassidy, and I head out the door!
Our walks end up being at least a half hour long. Adding that up, a walk every morning and evening means I’m getting at least an hour of physical exercise a day.
During our time out walking though, I’m also getting the emotional and mental “exercise” I need. Dogs are great listeners and never share our secrets (thank God). They don’t judge us for how we’re feeling and will always love us unconditionally no matter what we’re going through!
I talk to Cassidy about almost everything while on those walks, and I always come home feeling renewed.
One final note. There’s no shame in finding help for our physical health or our emotional and mental well-being — whether it’s from a professional, a friend or even spending time decompressing with your dog.
Be open and share what you’re going through with someone. There are so many people (and your pets) counting on you to be there for them. Remember, the body achieves what the mind believes, and thoughts become things, so choose the good ones!