Of course, while connections with others can be incredibly beneficial to your mental health, it’s also important to set and maintain healthy boundaries in your relationships. Boundaries helps to define our personal space and protect our emotional well-being, and can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed or drained by the demands of others.

Setting boundaries can also help to foster deeper, more meaningful connections with others, as it allows you to communicate your needs and expectations in a clear and respectful way. By being honest and upfront about our boundaries, we can build trust and respect in our relationships, and create a sense of mutual understanding and support.

In short, building connections with others – whether they be human or animal – can have a profound impact on our mental health and well-being. By cultivating relationships that are grounded in mutual respect and healthy boundaries, we can create a supportive and nurturing community that helps us navigate the ups and downs of life with greater ease and grace.

You can see from Bimbim’s face that he doesn’t want me to bother him at that particular moment. I give him some space and respect his boundary. He can find me if he needs me…and he does.