How Our Pets Saved Lockdown
How our Pets saved Lockdown
With a world-wide pandemic on the loose, many of us have had to spend 24 hours a day for the past few months on lockdown in our homes.
With the exception of the one-hour exercise we were allowed daily, we began to work on ways we could combat cabin fever and conjure activities from the comfort of our house.
As the days began to roll into one, and Netflix began to grow stale, we turned to our four-legged friends to keep us sane during this strange period. For many of us, our pets have been the saving grace of lockdown, with social media flooded with images of ways we can amuse ourselves at the plight of our furry friends. Disappearing under blankets and creating household hurdles for our pets to leap over are activities that have taken the internet by storm, but through it all, our pets have kept us smiling all day long.
Never before have we spent so much time with our animals. For some of us, greeting our furry friend was a treat after a hard day’s work which we would treasure until we had to leave them again the following morning. However, with weeks of lockdown, we’ve worked with our pets, cooked with our pets, used our pets as an excuse to travel for exercise, and have genuinely been the solace we have needed to keep smiling throughout this uncertain time.
So here at Natural Cornish Pet Shop, here’s all the reasons our pets have made us survive lockdown in the most loving of ways.
Keeping us sane
No matter your vocation, we have all had to adapt to changes in our working day. For some of us, it has meant working from home and staying confided to four walls. With so many uncertainties in the air about when the world will get back to “normal”, ensuring our mental health is fighting fit has been a pressure on us all. With zero social interaction and fears around the safety of environment, stress and anxiety has been on the increase with only one thing keeping us sane – our pets.
Packed with wet noses and lavish licks, our days of being in work have changed to spending our time working from home with our pets by our side. Providing us with an abundance of comfort in these unsure times, we could not be more grateful for our four-legged friends.
Exciting our Exercise
With only one-hour of exercise permitted, we began to ponder ways we could make the most out of the great outdoors. Being unable to meet members of family or friends, our pets became our only company inside and outside our house.
Proven by scientists to improve both physical and mental health, our times of exercise, with its serotonin increasing methods, have played a significant role in ensuring we have stayed pawsitive throughout it all. Our pets have forced us to enjoy the outdoors more, and come up with exciting ways to keep both ourselves and pets entertained whilst basking in the glorious sunshine.
During this tempestuous time, we have all loved a good cuddle with our pets. Being at home for more time than usual and isolating from our friends and family has left us seeking comfort in our four-legged friends. Seeing their happy faces every day, unaware of the lack of loo rolls outside our doors, our pets have been on hand (or paw) to give us all love the love and affection we have needed and more.
What makes this time better than ever is the positive effects cuddling our pets has had on our mental health. According to science, cuddling stimulates a release of serotonin and dopamine, the transmitters responsible for keeping depression at bay, making us feel happier. The act of holding and stroking your pet is a massively effective way to combat stress and anxiety as it creates a calming effect on our bodies. So true has it – those extra-long snuggles with your furry friend could have been the reason you’ve kept smiling each and every day.
When it comes to company, there is no better than your beloved pet. Full of unconditional love and support, your pet truly has got your back no matter what. Even when a world-wide pandemic is not the cause, our pets are our best friends and do whatever they can each day to keep us happy.
With a mixture of stay-at-home work and self-isolation, they have been with us through it all keeping our chins firmly up along the way. Sitting beside us through multiple Netflix series binges, attempts at baking mishaps, supervising our introductory lessons in gardening and being the friendly face we’ve been so desperate to see each and every day – our pets have been the best and most magical company – any of us could ever wish for.
With Battersea dog home witnessing a massive increase in adoptions during the start of lockdown, people have been turning to animals to keep them occupied and happy during a world of uncertainty and turmoil. Our dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, horses and more have been the foundation of our lockdown and we really can’t thank them enough for being our love during lockdown!
So with the world slowly making its way back to normality (or whatever that is these days!), we turn to our pets to say thank you, and we couldn’t be more grateful that when we needed a helpful hand – we got a paw firmly by our side.
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HOW NATURAL CORNSH PET SHOP WILL BE SUPPORTING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK 18-24 MAY.
Monday 18th. May sees the start of Mental Health Awareness Week which is organised by the Mental Health Foundation. During the week, a campaign which reaches millions of people each year raises awareness on a number of topics in relation to mental health conditions. It also raises money to fund projects that help people cope with stress, anxiety, depression and the issues surrounding them.
This year’s theme is kindness which is something that we have all seen through the recent Coronavirus pandemic. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope and the added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and wellbeing.
At Natural Cornish Pet we also want to celebrate the kindness of our pets and the role that they play in our own wellbeing. Animals such as dogs are great facilitators; the connection they develop with their owners, coupled with exercise, getting outdoors and socialising with other pet owners, offer great benefit and have helped many people during the recent Covid 19 lockdown to cope.