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6 of the Best Dog Breeds for Emotional Support

6 of the Best Dog Breeds for Emotional Support

Whenever you are feeling low, there is nothing better than spending time with your friends and family to make you feel cheerful and lively. Similarly, emotional support animals are companion animals that provide benefits for individuals with disabilities. Emotional support animals are often recommended to people who are looking for a way to minimize stress.[1] Studies have proven that living with animals may help to eliminate anxiety and depression in people completely.

So, if you feel helpless right now, you should know that adopting a companion animal could be fruitful. However, there are only a number of animals that can be considered effective companions. Cats and other animals can be good options, but dogs are, in particular, are used for emotional support due to their calming effect. Widely used to fight anxiety, dogs are the complete package of loyalty and companionship. Just like humans, they provide comfort for those they love.

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Psychological disturbances, specifically anxiety, can be eliminated with the constant fellowship of dogs. Once you engross yourself into your relationship with the dog, your mind automatically diverts itself from all sorts of problems. It also evokes a sense of responsibility that helps you to fight depression. Nothing can be more relieving than the fact that there is someone in your life who cares about you unconditionally. Dogs actually provide this sensation.

Considering the information above, most breeds of dogs can be potentially used for emotional support, specifically for anxiety and depression. However, there are certain breeds that are particularly renowned for pacifying constitution and tranquility. Before you choose the best dog for emotional support, commit to doing some research. Look out for key features that emotional support dogs must possess. Some of them are:

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  • Calm and gentle
  • High level of tolerance
  • Adaption to peculiar environments
  • Cheerful
  • Easy to train
  • Safe and secure

As mentioned above, dogs can play a good role in emotional support; here are six of the best dog breeds to use for your emotional support service:

Golden Retriever

These are probably the best dogs that can help you tackle depression or anxiety. They possess and exhibit qualities, like love and devotion, that only few breeds can do. With athletic and playful characteristics, golden retrievers serve people with mental disorders perfectly. The intense bond between the dog and the owner make Golden Retrievers an ideal pet.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

These remarkably cute dogs help their owners fight stress and depression in many ways with one of them being their love for cuddling. This super-affectionate species is easy to train and is good with kids too. However, the downside you may want to consider is that these dogs are vulnerable to heart problems. So, before you adopt a one, make sure you are ready to provide them with all the care they need.

Poodle

Poodles are insanely cute. These proactive species love to spend time with their owners. Their high levels of intelligence make them ideal for emotional support. They are excellent performers from birth, super social, and easily adaptable to their surroundings. However, Poodles requires some serious grooming.

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Newfoundland

These large and friendly dogs are very fond of water. Some qualities of Newfoundlands make them ideal for eliminating anxiety. Like Spaniels, they also enjoy cuddling and are easily calmed by nature. These dogs are the complete package of intelligence and loyalty.

Yorkshire Terrier

Yorkshire terriers are extremely appealing in appearance and will make you fall in love with them instantly. Along with a high tendency to form bonds with their owners, terriers are highly intelligent creatures. Because of their small size, you can literally take them with you anywhere.

Great Dane

Despite of their relatively massive size, Great Danes are of a calm and gentle character. Features like friendliness, patience, trustworthiness, and loyalty make them the perfect package for emotional support. They also make great watchdogs and protectors.

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Reference

[1] The Online Dogtor: All About Emotional Support Dogs

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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