Your habits affect your mood significantly. When you get into the habit of directing your energy to a specific action at a specific time you actively shape the day into what you want it to be. Having a routine should help to keep you balanced. Monitor your personal health, family life or career choices. You may be off balanced if you are only following a routine in one area of your life. For most of us it’s career. We only have as much time as we make. Take some time to write down the important habits that make you feel taken care of, give you purpose, and the ones that just need to get done for the greater good. Find the balance between these and let it shape your day. When you’re balanced, your dog will notice and show it in their actions!
Where to Start
Take down some notes in timeline form of your average day from start to finish, incorporate your dog’s schedule as well, take note of actions that aren’t flexible (letting the pups outside, feeding times, work etc), star activities you do for pure enjoyment including activities for your dog, highlight open spaces.
– Write out a separate list of things you enjoy doing that feel there’s not enough time for, activities you want to do with your dog or habits you want to create for each of you individually.
– Blend the two lists. For example, start one day by taking a little time each day to focus on one thing that brings you happiness. Give yourself the mental space to do one task at a time in a setting that brings happiness and focus to both you and your dog.
– If at first you don’t succeed, try again. If you are looking to sit quietly or have a long walk with you dog and you only manage five minutes, that is progress. Over time the routine will develop if the action is important to you.
– Be open to change! This can be fun, it can be frustrating, be okay with all spectrums. As creatures of habit it’s hard to change negatives into positives, but it’s worth it. If you are struggling with sticking to healthy habits in your routine, spend less time focusing on what’s going wrong and be aware of why and when things tend to go wrong. Notice any patterns with you or your dog, write them down, try again the next day!