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There’s no denying that dogs, cats, and other pets add a certain level of cuteness to your life. But, as all pet owners know, your furry best friend can do so much more for you than just look adorable. As it turns out, they can also help deliver a serious boost to your physical health.
Many of us are stuck at home right now trying to juggle working from home, preventing our kids from turning into screen zombies, and maintaining some sense of household order. We get it, the juggle is real: Finding time to shower and brush your teeth some days may seem like a struggle, let alone fitting in a workout!
As early as childhood, most of us were taught the importance of having a healthy and strong immune system. While few individuals later understand the functionality of the immune system, the concept of “living a clean, toxin-free life” is embedded in some of our brains long before we even know what that all means. And even if we go through most of our lives following a healthy lifestyle, there are those great unknown agents of change that strike us and can change our perspective: enter COVID-19.
The next time you head out for a hike or walk, amp up the benefits by turning your trek into a meditation. On top of the physical activity and energy boost, you may also experience additional mental health perks. Studies suggest that being outdoors may help decrease anxiety and depression, increase feelings of well-being, and bring a sense of restoration. Research also links meditation with these same benefits. So why not combine the two into a moving meditation?