Newsletter Tip #31: Lean On Your Pets

Lean on your pets (not literally).

My family has a cat named Softo. Her name is derived from the ancient Greek word “Soft-O,” meaning, “to be soft,” or “one who embodies the essence of softness.”

Softo is exactly what my family and I need during quarantine: a carefree ball of fur, unaffected by the chaos of the world (though she has a surprising amount of thoughts and feelings about Eastern European debt relief). I’m sure many of you are already doing this, but my tip for you is to lean on your animals for support during this time. 

Living with a pet has lots of positive benefits. They…

  • Give a sense of order and routine to your day (food, water, walk, repeat).
  • Are non-judgmental (though personally I find some ferrets to be a bit judgy)
  • Provide companionship
  • Reduce stress
  • Get you moving, be it within your home to throw a toy or outside on a long walk. 

Here’s to Softo and all of the pets you may have at home, who keep you feeling comforted and loved.

Best wishes,

Ben
(& Softo, below, who has very little to say about the beard I’m growing, compared to the rest of my family)

P.S. What are some positive benefits of pet ownership that you have experienced during quarantine? Send me a note with a picture and I may share it in an upcoming newsletter. 

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