5 Ways to beat the Sunday Scaries with your pup

As the weekend draws to a close, it's not uncommon to feel a sense of anxiety and dread about the upcoming workweek. This phenomenon, commonly known as the "Sunday Scaries," can be difficult to shake off. Luckily, you have a furry friend who can help, your dog!

Here are some ways you and your furry companion can beat the Sunday Scaries together:

  1. Take a long walk or hike - One of the best ways to combat anxiety is to get outside and move your body. Taking a long walk or hike with your dog can not only help you both get some exercise, but also provide a change of scenery and a chance to clear your mind. Plus, spending time in nature has been shown to have a calming effect on the mind and body.

  2. Have a snuggle session - Dogs are natural stress relievers, and there's nothing quite like cuddling up with your furry friend to help you feel more relaxed. Whether you're watching a movie or simply lounging on the couch, spending some quality time with your dog and being present in the moment can help ease your anxiety and make you feel more at ease.

  3. Play a game - Playing with your dog can be a great way to distract yourself and get your mind off of work. Whether you're playing fetch or teaching your dog a new trick, the act of focusing on your furry friend can help you feel more present in the moment and less stressed about the future. 

  4. Practice mindfulness together - If you're feeling particularly anxious, taking some time to practice mindfulness with your dog can be a great way to calm your mind and center yourself. Whether you're doing some deep breathing exercises or simply sitting quietly with your furry friend, focusing on the present moment can help you feel more grounded and less anxious.

  5. Plan a Fun Monday Morning Activity - Planning a fun activity that you'll look forward to on Monday morning before work can help soften the transition into the work week and give you something to look forward to on Sunday. Good examples include getting a coffee and puppuccino for you and your dog, taking your favorite walking route in the morning or even driving to a nearby park to complete your morning walk for a fun change of pace!

Spending time with your dog can be a great way to beat the Sunday Scaries and help you feel more relaxed and at ease. Whether you're taking a long walk, cuddling up on the couch, playing a game, or practicing mindfulness together, your furry friend can be a valuable ally in your battle against anxiety. So the next time you're feeling stressed on a Sunday evening, grab your dog and let them help you chase those worries away!