Many people who struggle with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues sometimes have a difficult time taking care of their pets.
Here are some ideas on how to take care of your pets while you deal with your mental health needs.
1.Do What Is Most Important: It is vital that you take care of your pet’s main needs when you are struggling with your anxieties. Feeding your pet, making sure their health is ok, and making sure they are living in a safe environment is what is most important. Remember to focus on your pet’s basic and important needs first when you are having a difficult time in managing your anxieties. When you feel better, you can go back to your normal routine of taking care of your pet.
2. Ask For Help: If you have trouble taking care of your pet, ask a friend or relative for some help. Some weeks can be tough to manage when your mental health issues get the best of you. Explain the situation and your friends or relatives will be happy to help out on those times you are incapacitated.
3. Consider A Pet Sitter: There are many pet sitters who would be willing to provide some assistance in making sure your pet is taken care of while your struggling with your mental health. Anxiety and depression comes and goes for some people. As a result, some weeks are better than others. Use the services of a pet sitter when you need it.
4. Plan Ahead: If you know you struggle with certain mental health issues, don’t wait until the last minute to figure out how to take care of your pets. Develop a plan so when your mental health issues get the best of you, you will know what to do. This will give you the peace of mind that your pets are being taken care of while you get back on your feet.
5. Learn From Your Past Experiences: Many people struggle with their anxieties on a regular basis. Try to learn from your experiences on how you can take care of yourself and your pet’s needs. This will help you the next time you struggle with your mental health because you will be better able to take care of your pets when your anxieties are out of control.
6. Talk To The Vet: Talk to your pet’s veterinarian on how to take care of your mental health needs and your pet at the same time. Remember that many people who deal with depression and anxiety have pets. The key is knowing what to do when your mental health issues get the best of you. Now is the time to plan ahead for your pets’ needs.
Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.