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4 Ways To Enjoy Summer With Your Pet

4 Ways To Enjoy Summer With Your Pet

The sun is out, the sky is shining beautifully in its turquoise blue glaze, the birds are chirping wildly, and the sunscreen seems to be disappearing from the shelves of stores. While we lie roasting ourselves in the sun, we often contemplate including our pets in our vacation. We question how one does that and how some people even travel with their pets all over the world.

Is it possible?

Of course it’s possible. It’s possible for you to travel with your pets all summer and have a blissful time with them. There are a few observations that my friends and I have made while trying to accommodate our four-legged friends into our summer routines.

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So, while you entertain yourself with a nice martini, let’s give our furry friends a nice bowl of premium pet food so they can stretch out and chill with us.

1. Get Them Used To The Transition Of The Weather.

Generally, animals realize the change of weather, season, or atmosphere prior to us humans. This is due to their bodily function, their body temperature, and the perspiration rates that shift according to season and temperature. However, they require us to help them during this transition in order to adapt to extreme heat or cold.

Constant long walks, enough water, and great grooming for pets with long fur allows them to feel comfortable. Furthermore, a visit to the vet and groomer can go a long way in avoiding your furry friends turning into Bob Marley or being overheated during the summer.

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This comfort triggers their instinct to adapt to the nature of your activities. Therefore, taking them out and having them around during your vacation will become easier and less of a hassle.

2. Tire Your Pet Early During The Summer By Letting It Free.

I’ve noticed this among many people, especially couples, where they lose their “couple time” to bond and be a couple again. Just like humans, animals are instinctively jealous towards their owners. Therefore, it’s probably been months since you had quality time together and “looking forward” would be an understatement.

Let your pet, especially your dog, tire itself during the day. Dogs love the outdoors. They love running around, jumping in the beach waters, and literally having the times of their lives. This eventually tires them out and instead of being jealous, they embrace the love.

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What a better way to have an intimate night than to have your pet sleep soundly?

3. Carry Enough Treats.

While traveling or being by the beach, as we enjoy our moments of silence and comfort, lying there taking selfies of our tan and reading our books, our pets have been continuously in the sun and continuously active. Although our appetite is fine, our furry friends might feel the need for frequent food.

Having a jar of treats conveniently with you allows you to enjoy your time with your pet, doing activities and playing around, without starving it. In most cases, this increases the trust your pet has in you and reduces the stress and restlessness due to being overly hungry.

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4. If Traveling Abroad, Choose Comfort Over Price.

Unfortunately, although we have grown in terms of aviation technology, pets are still discriminated against and treated like luggage. This is an environment where a snakeskin bag and a live snake are put together in the same room. We have also heard that many pets perish due to hypothermia, stress, and anxiety during plane travel.

Therefore, if you’re traveling abroad and have your pet with you, you should invest in a huge travel cage which ensures the comfort of your pet. Your pet should be able to stretch out in it. Some may be against sedating, but keeping your pet sedated for the duration of your flight allows them to rest peacefully without panicking. Never forget to provide enough blankets to keep your pet warm — just remember that the cargo is 4 times colder than the cabin!

What’s summer like without your pets? Unfortunately, I would say it could be pretty depressing. Missing the innocent smiles and the silliness of them being part of your life will be an itch all summer. To avoid this, these small tips could help a great deal.

However, remember that your pet may have a better tan than you sometimes!

Featured photo credit: Shenkeri Chandramohan via fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

7 Ways to Get Rid of Negative Energy and Become Positive

Negativity affects ourselves and everyone around us. It limits our potential to become something great and live a fulfilling, purposeful life. Negativity has a tangible effect on our health, too. Research has shown that people who cultivate negative energy experience more stress, more sickness, and less opportunity over the course of their lives than those who choose to live positively.

When we make a decision to become positive, and follow that decision up with action, we will begin to encounter situations and people that are also positive. The negative energy gets edged out by all positive experiences. It’s a snowball effect.

Although negative and positive thoughts will always exist, the key to becoming positive is to limit the amount of negativity that we experience by filling ourselves up with more positivity.

Here are some ways to get rid of negativity and become more positive.

1. Become Grateful for Everything

When life is all about us, it’s easy to believe that we deserve what we have. An attitude of entitlement puts us at the center of the universe and sets up the unrealistic expectation that others should cater to us, our needs, and our wants. This vain state of existence is a surefire way to set yourself up for an unfulfilled life of negativity.

People living in this sort of entitlement are “energy suckers”–they are always searching for what they can get out of a situation. People that don’t appreciate the nuances of their lives live in a constant state of lacking. And it’s really difficult to live a positive life this way.

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When we begin to be grateful and appreciate everything in our lives–from the small struggles that make us better, to the car that gets us from A to B every day–we shift our attitude from one of selfishness, to one of appreciation. This appreciation gets noticed by others, and a positive harmony begins to form in our relationships.

We begin to receive more of that which we are grateful for, because we’ve opened ourselves up to the idea of receiving, instead of taking. This will make your life more fulfilling, and more positive.

2. Laugh More, Especially at Yourself

Life gets busy, our schedules fill up, we get into relationships, and work can feel task oriented and routine-driven at times. Being human can feel more like being a robot. But having this work-driven, serious attitude often results in negative and performance oriented thinking.

Becoming positive means taking life less seriously and letting yourself off the hook. This is the only life that you get to live, why not lighten up your mood?

Laughter helps us become positive by lightening our mood and reminding us not to take life so seriously. Are you sensitive to light sarcasm? Do you have trouble laughing at jokes? Usually, people who are stressed out and overly serious get most offended by sarcasm because their life is all work and no play.

If we can learn to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes, life will become more of an experiment in finding out what makes us happy. And finding happiness means finding positivity.

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3. Help Others

Negativity goes hand in hand with selfishness. People that live only for themselves have no higher purpose in their lives. If the whole point of this world is only to take care of yourself and no one else, the road to a long-term fulfillment and purpose is going to be a long one.

Positivity accompanies purpose. The most basic way to create purpose and positivity in your life is to begin doing things for others. Start small; open the door for the person in front of you at Starbucks or ask someone how their day was before telling them about yours.

Helping others will give you an intangible sense of value that will translate into positivity. And people might just appreciate you in the process.

4. Change Your Thinking

We can either be our best coach or our best enemy. Change starts from within. If you want to become more positive, change the wording of your thoughts. We are the hardest on ourselves, and a stream of negative self talk is corrosive to a positive life.

The next time you have a negative thought, write it down and rephrase it with a positive spin. For example, change a thought like, “I can’t believe I did so horribly on the test–I suck.” to “I didn’t do as well as I hoped to on this test. But I know I’m capable and I’ll do better next time.”

Changing our self-talk is powerful.

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5. Surround Yourself with Positive People

We become most like the people that we surround ourselves with. If our friend group is full of negative energy-suckers and drama queens, we will emulate that behavior and become like them. It is very difficult to become more positive when the people around us don’t support or demonstrate positive behavior.

As you become more positive, you’ll find that your existing friends will either appreciate the new you or they will become resistant to your positive changes. This is a natural response.

Change is scary; but cutting out the negative people in your life is a huge step to becoming more positive. Positive people reflect and bounce their perspectives onto one another. Positivity is a step-by-step process when you do it solo, but a positive group of friends can be an escalator.

6. Get into Action

Negative thoughts can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. Negativity is usually accompanied by a “freak-out” response, especially when tied to relationships, people and to worrying about the future. This is debilitating to becoming positive and usually snowballs into more worry, more stress and more freak-outs.

Turn the negative stress into positive action. The next time you’re in one of these situations, walk away and take a break. With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths. Once you’re calm, approach the situation or problem with a pen and pad of paper. Write out four or five actions or solutions to begin solving the problem.

Taking yourself out of the emotionally charged negative by moving into the action-oriented positive will help you solve more problems rationally and live in positivity

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7. Take Full Responsibility, Stop Being the Victim

You are responsible for your thoughts.

People that consistently believe that things happen to them handicap themselves to a victim mentality. This is a subtle and deceptive negative thought pattern. Phrases like “I have to work” or “I can’t believe he did that to me” are indicators of a victim mentality. Blaming circumstances and blaming others only handicaps our decision to change something negative into something positive.

Taking full responsibility for your life, your thoughts and your actions is one of the biggest steps in creating a more positive life. We have unlimited potential within to create our own reality, change our life, and change our thoughts. When we begin to really internalize this, we discover that no one can make us feel or do anything. We choose our emotional and behavioral response to people and circumstances.

Make positive choices in favor of yourself.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny” ― Lao Tzu

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