Pets as a stress reliever

Just outside our improvised office on the balcony, we placed our new pets, they are lovebirds that were sold to us by someone recently. So we named them Jack & Jill. 🙂

Every morning, when I get out of our room, I pass through our office which is next to our room and I see these lovebirds moving about randomly and making those chirping noises. My wife finds their tweets beautiful and refreshing to the ears.

Looking at them with all the plants and some flowers as a background is refreshing to the eyes. Indeed, it refreshes me after a tiring work and stressful day. 

Mental Health is a big concern nowadays since we are not out of the woods yet. The coronavirus pandemic is even giving birth to stronger variants these days resulting in a renewed lockdown. Naturally, it is a cause for alarm because there’s renewed fear, worry, anxiety in our minds.

On top of that, didn’t you notice that this work-from-home situation brought you more work compared to when you were working before in the office? 

So, it’s a daily struggle to keep our minds in check. It’s a balancing act between personal life and work life. The struggle is real.

On my part, I do not ignore the warnings. I’ve done what I can control on my end to protect myself and my family. We got health insurance that covers covid on top of our HMO, we eat a balanced diet, we go out when it is allowed to buy necessities and yes, we took an out-of-town trip recently. It’s like trying to live normally in the new normal.

But the daily grind, I need a different look and these lovebirds give me a different perspective in life.

I was even reminded of a Scripture passage:

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:26-27

Pets can remind us that we have a heavenly Father who knows our needs and sees our struggles. Keep the faith. Pray without ceasing.

This too shall pass. 

God is in control.

#inspiration #perspectives #mentalhealth


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