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Pet ownership has gone through the roof in the United States in recent decades. Millions of dogs and cats are estimated to be owned by families across the United States, mainly due to the myriad benefits they provide their owners. People who own pets are less likely to have heart attacks, experience stressful reactions, or have emotional outbursts. The furry pals may offer these benefits and even a sense of peace and joy about life.
The unconditional love a pet has for an owner is unrivalled among human to human interaction. People can be malicious, cruel, and demanding. People can also be loving and giving but we are all human after all. Cats, on the other hand, are interested in sharing daily life with you regardless of whether or not you showered, relapsed, feel emotionally distraught, or struggle with sobriety. Sober living is not for the faint of heart but it is definitely easier to manage day-to-day recovery with an animal companion by your side. Here’s why:
- Cats love the sun. To watch a cat is to know they always look for the warmest spot in the house to lie down and enjoy some rays. Taking a few moments to bask in the warmth of a sunny day, or take a quiet nap is a great way to restore the mind and body during the day.
- Cuddling with a cat leads to purring. The act of purring is both healing and soothing. Cats love to be as close to the warmth of a human body as possible. Learning to settle into a place with a pet for awhile, catch a show, and spend time with can really bring more peace and joy to everyday moments.
- Cats need to clean themselves all the time. Often we are so rushed and frantic that we don’t take time to properly get ready, much less shower everyday. Even if you didn’t feel like it, the act of washing oneself is part of self care. Showering, taking a long bath, or just resting in the tub after a long day can be so soothing. Cats cannot be bothered to rush, and neither should you (at least some of the time).
- Be in the moment because that’s all you have. Cats don’t rush about, they lie around instead. They are not content to rush from one thing to the next, they are perfectly happy resting. Even when bills have to get paid, the laundry is not done, and it seems everything is going crazy-stop. Focus on the present moment. What does your body need right now? Realize the moment is all there is and live in it. Make the most of it and have fun.
Sound Recovery helps you focus on the present moment and get healthy. We are here to help you with our recovery programs. If you are struggling with addiction, let us help. Call us at 561-277-3088 to get started.