Whether you are one of the lucky ones who got a quarantine pet or you’ve simply gotten closer to your furry family member because of the extended time at home, you are not alone in your hesitation to go back to the office without your fluffy friend by your side the whole day. Framed pictures or phone backgrounds can only do so much to ease your separation anxiety. What if there was a way to see your four-legged friend every time you went to type something on your computer? We don’t know about you, but that definitely sounds like heaven to us.
Maximizing your Time with your Cute Companion
If you work a typical 9-5 from an office space, you know that there isn’t much time to spend with your pet on weekdays. Because of that limited time during the work day, quality time can be spent whenever you’re home. A nice morning walk is beneficial for both you and your amazing animal. Even if you only make it around the block, that short stroll can make a difference. And once you return from your stressful work day, even sitting on the couch watching an episode of your favorite television show or listening to a podcast to unwind while petting your puppy can help you destress. At the end of the day, prioritizing puppy time is the most important. Take a picture on your walk and include it as your desktop screen on your computer or phone. It will surely bring a smile to your face!
Bring your Pet to Work Day
Although bringing your furry friend to your office sounds like a dream, for the majority of us working a corporate 9-5 in a professional office setting, having your dog sit next to your computer is not possible or practical. Instead, try customizing your workspace in a way that emulates the same energy that your pet brings. Along with framed photos and computer backgrounds, create a custom desk pad with Love Desk Mat that features your favorite photo or photos of your favorite furry family member. Even without your animal physically being next to you, having a little reminder of them every time you type on your computer can make a difference.
Animals can be the Best Medicine
Especially now in unprecedented times, finding the balance between work and life can bring upon a lot of unwanted and unnecessary stress. If you have a furry friend, you might notice that your stress levels begin to decrease even just by looking in their direction or hearing them bark. Scientifically, it has been proven that interacting with animals decreases levels of a stress related hormone called cortisol. Even more than that, animals can lower blood pressure, reduce loneliness, and boost your mood. Because of the lower cortisol levels and higher mood, it is likely that motivation levels will increase, leading to a more productive and successful work day. Those who have constant and often interactions with their own animals, or just animals in general, tend to practice a better work life balance, have stronger relationships, have an improved.
As people start to go back to the office, whether full time or on a hybrid schedule, including your pet in your daily acitivies or in your office decor can be a big stress reliever!