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How I Took Care Of My Pets And My Mental Health Issues

22.07.2014.

As an author of a managing fear book, I have struggled with fear and anxiety for over 20 years. There were some weeks I really struggled in doing my daily routines. As an animal lover, I also have some pets and I always worried what would happen to my pets if my mental health got the best of me.  Here are some ways to take care of your pets when you have trouble getting through the week due to your fears, anxieties, depression, and other mental health issues.

During my anxious times, I realized that I needed to focus on doing only the most important things in taking care of my pets. I made sure that I would be able to feed my pets, give them plenty of water, and provide a safe living environment. As long as I could do that, then my pets would be ok. When I got back on my feet, I would go back to my normal routine.

Sometimes, I would ask my relatives or closest friends  for some help in taking care of my pets. They knew I struggled with my fears and they were more than willing to help me for a few days until I got back on my feet.

I couldn’t bother my friends and relatives on a regular basis so I made some preparations on hiring a pet sitter in case my fears had the best of me. I did some research and got a list of people who I could call. When my anxiety would interfere with my life,  I always had  a list of pet sitters I could call If I really needed them.

I also talked to my pet’s veterinarian on other ways to take care of my pets while I struggled with my fears. My pet’s veterinarian provided me with other helpful suggestions that I could take advantage of in case I had trouble taking care of my pets and mental health issues.

I also came up with one important fact about my pets and mental health. If you know you struggle with certain mental health issues, don’t wait until the last minute to figure out how to take care of your pets.

I realized that now is the time to plan ahead for my pets’ needs in case my mental health issues got the best of me.

Many people who struggle with their mental health sometimes forget or do know what to do in taking care of their pets when they become incapacitated due to anxiety, fear, and depression. Don’t wait until its too late to make sure your pets are taken care of when it comes to dealing with your mental health.

By: Stan Popovich

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