By: Briseis Schreibman
Well, CUP family, it’s certainly an odd position we find ourselves in. At this point in quarantine, the novelty of baking loaf upon loaf of sourdough bread, Zoom happy hours, and deep cleaning your home may be wearing off. With so much time on our hands, it’s difficult not to feel the pressure to keep ourselves busy. But fear not, my productivity fatigued friend, the solution is closer than you think.
It’s no secret that our furry friends are renowned for their incredible powers of relaxation. Sure, sometimes they get a rep for being lazy, but that’s all just bad publicity. I encourage all of us to look to our pets when we begin to feel that surge of anxiety to be productive. Give yourself permission to slow down.
Think about it. As many of us sit at home, longing out the window for our next daily walk and anxiously awaiting our next meal, we may be getting an even closer view of the daily happenings of our furry friends. Sure, our pets might not be fretting over-complicated grocery shopping protocol and proper handwashing techniques. Still, they certainly understand the pace we’ve all been forced to slow to. (Unless of course, you’re one of the incredible essential workers in which case go forth you fast-paced hero.) I say, if we’re already moving at their pace, we may as well lean into it more fully. I mean it, I really do. Let yourself find meaning in being “lazy” and allow yourself to be satisfied with less. Cat lazing in a sunbeam? Join them. Who’s stopping you except yourself?
You don’t need to look back on this time with a cataloged list of everything you got done. Just let yourself get through it, simply and with lots of quality of time spent with your pets.