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Focus on positivity

I have some self-car/empowerment cards that I bought a long time ago and I never look at them. While I was cleaning out my nightstand this morning, I saw them and decided to pull one out. It always seems so cliche to say, "Focus on the positive!" But this also reminds me to "push negativity aside." That really is the first step, isn't it? With a busy day still ahead, I REALLY don't want my depression and anxiety to pull me down.

I am getting a cat tomorrow. I haven't had a cat in about eight years due to a very rambunctious Beagle. But I finally decided it's time. It will be a tough, arduous, and likely somewhat long, acclimation process, but I have missed having a cat so much and I want to give it a try.

Today is about getting my house ready for "Chester." I don't want it to be about my son's refusal to help clean, my mother's frantic call this morning about an innocent Facebook post, or even about the anxiety of the overwhelming task I have in just cleaning my office, not to mention the rest of the house (have to kitty-proof it). And I certainly don't want it to be about my inner-critic telling me that I'm already off my time schedule and, hence, I am a failure.

I want today to be about excitement. About love. Depression be damned. I want to be happy and feel good about my decision. I want to feel so good about rescuing an animal and bringing into a loving home!

So, Nancy...push out the negative! The positive is right there to make it's way in!

And I'm on to Walmart, albeit behind schedule, to get groceries and the last of my kitty supplies.

Positive vibes would be so appreciated!

#Depression #Anxiety #PTSD #Supportanimals #Positivity

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Happy 4th, Mighties! What are your tips & tricks to protect or comfort our doggos & pets from fireworks commotion?

Last night they were the loudest ever!

Be safe, be cool. #Pets #Supportanimals #FourthOfJuly #MultipleSclerosis #ChronicIllness #Depression #newlydiagnosed #MightyTogether #Caregiving

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A smile from my dog to brighten your day #pettherapy #Supportanimals

This is my dog Rylee. Do you have a pet that helps you get through your daily life?

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The love of my life

I can’t imagine a dag without you. You’re there from my morning coffee to bed time tea. When I’m crying, when I’m laughing and everything in between.

Thank you for choosing me ❤️❤️❤️ #mypuppy #Supportanimals #ADHD #Depression

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#Supportanimals #PTSD #Insomnia #MedicalCannabis #Bedtimeroutine

The house is finally quiet. My sweet Baby girl tucked into bed. Thunderstorms blowing thru and I'm happy to be comfortably medicating with my bedtime strain under my weighted blanket and my furry soul mate♡This dog saved me. We saved each other. And I have never experienced unconditional love, and I truly had never experienced anything like it in my whole life. 4 years later and she is forever by my side. Always waiting for me. Always predicting my movements, my moods, my anxious tendencies. She knows how to stop them in their tracks. She will smother me with love until nothing else in the world matters. She makes me feels protected, safe, and comforted, most of all she makes me feel loved. I couldn't imagine life without her. I left for work for 4 hours tonight and she was sooo happy to see me when I got home!! But not as happy as I am every time I open my door to see her beautiful face! Now to work on getting up an appetite for some calories before bed.

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Emotional Support Dog #MentalHealth

Since my little one has passed obedience class, this week I've begun taking Piper out with me. She has been to 3 stores this week and to therapy yesterday with me. Somewhat successful. I still feel strange having an emotional support animal. I feel like people will be judging me. Anyone feel the same? Am I overthinking?

Might be that they are really just focused on how cute and small she is? Yesterday at Aldi, the clerk forgot to ring 1/3 of my order she was so focused on the dog. Oh well.

I'm new to this. I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks

#Stigma #BipolarDisorder #CheckInWithMe #Supportanimals #Anxiety #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder

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Cats

My catto smudge always helps me when my mental health and chronic pain is flaring up. I appreciate her so much I love her. She cuddles me and gives me so much affection.
#catlove #Cats #catsalwaysknow #Animals #Supportanimals

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On furbabies #

It's been a year since I had to leave my dogs with their other mom in Australia and move back to Canada. After months of debilitating depression and anxiety, on Saturday, on a whim whilst visiting a Petsmart on National Adoption Weekend, I fell in love with 2 cats. I have named them Oscar and Abby. Last night as we were all lying in bed I was in the midst of a full blown internal anxiety attack. I had just quit my job the day before getting my kitties and was stressing out. I expressed this to my girlfriend and she said just be here in this moment with us. LOOK at the 2 new beautiful little ones that we get to love. And I did look. And my feeling of anxiety turned to one of pure joy. I haven't felt that intensity of joy in so long I thought maybe I never would again. I had forgotten how important animals are to my mental health. Sometimes loving myself and taking care of myself is hard. But loving an animal is easy for me. They teach me to live in the moment because that's all you can do.
#MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #Supportanimals #liveinthemoment #Love

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