Put yourself in a happy state first:
Did you ever feel like the state of the people around you have a direct impact on your mental state? Yes? Well, this is a well-known phenomenon called mirroring.
Fact is that dogs will often mimic the emotions of its owner.
So, if your dog shows signs of social anxiety, is sensitive to touch, smells or noise, it can very well be that you suffer from the same ailments.
In this case, the most effective solution is to treat the human first, and the dog will follow.
The emotional impact your behavior has on your pet is very real.
If you are going through trauma, turbulent times and have to cope with a lot of stress, then your dog might be going through the same emotional roller coaster.
Start restructuring your day, deal with conflicts, construct a balanced lifestyle and be kind to yourself. Make yourself a priority! Set time aside that is fully dedicated to your own wellbeing. Commit to regular exercise, relaxation, social life and a healthy diet.
Your furry pal will inevitably mirror the positive changes on your mental state.