Have you noticed all these cute fur babies in everyone’s offices recently?
Well on the 20th of February… companies across the UK will be taking part in #NationalLoveYourPetDay, allowing employees to bring their loved animals into the office!
There are SO many benefits to bringing your loved pets into work and we can make sure that your loved pets also feel apart of the team too!
Our furry best friends reduce our stress levels.
It’s no secret that office life can cause a great deal of stress. But dogs are here to help us cope. Some studies show that owning a dog — or, at least surrounding yourself with a dog or animal can boost your serotonin and dopamine levels, which help to calm the mind in stressful situations.
They inspire us to exercise more frequently.
On average pet owners get more exercise which helps reduce stress and depression. Exercise helps clear the mind and forget about anything that is troubling you.
They make us feel less lonely.
Loneliness is a common reason for stress for most humans. Our pets give us that long term bond (even if they can’t speak) they reassure us and keep us occupied. Pets are also known to help with loneliness because they give us the confidence to talk to other people which again reduces the owner’s stress levels.
They help us live in the moment.
Stress is all about ignoring the past and worrying about the future. Something as simple as a game of fetch with your pup can make you live in the current moment.
Dogs can help ease anxious feelings.
In a similar light, dogs can help manage anxious feelings in stressful situations. If you’re having a chaotic day, take a five-minute break to enjoy your dog’s company. Petting your dog can help you forget about the stress for a moment and, as a result, ease anxieties.
Dogs help to keep you active.
In addition to taking a break from work, being active during the workday is also vital for mental health. On top of that, studies show that sitting all day can be bad for your physical health. Dogs can be a great reminder to get up and move your body. Taking your dog for a walk on your lunch break can help give you a mental break, boost endorphins — aka, the happy hormone — and watch your productivity levels go through the roof.
Dogs force you to take breaks.
Just because your dog is at work, doesn’t mean they’ve forgotten about their routine. Bringing your dog to work helps you become more mindful of your break schedule. If you’re someone who has a hard time pulling themselves away from work, having your dog with you can help remind you to take a breather, drink some water, and get some fresh air — aka, let the dog out.
Dogs help you make friends!
If you’re having a hard time bonding with co-workers, take your dog to work day could help. Dogs make for a great icebreaker and can help you create genuine relationships with your co-workers. Like dogs, humans seek companionship, so having someone you can rely on at work can leave a lasting effect on your mental health. On top of that, work is more enjoyable when you like the people you work with.
Taking your dog to work can also benefit your dog’s mental health too.
You’re not the only one who can benefit from bringing your dog to the office — your dog can too. Bringing them on your commute and allowing them to have social interactions in the office can help them better develop confidence in public settings. Social interactions are a great mental exercise for dogs and are just as important (if not, more) as physical activities.