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Feb 03, 2021

Strange Days: The Benefits of Pets as Coworkers

by Kendall Place

Since I’ve been working from home, I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside two furry coworkers – my dog, Klara, and my cat, Chester. They’re undoubtedly one of my favorite parts of working from home. Just being in the same room as them brightens my day. Don’t get me wrong — there are definitely some downsides to having pets in the house when working from home. Raise your hand if you’ve had a pet disrupt a work call. Or distract you from an important project. Or throw off your schedule because they had an accident or needed to go out. Barking at squirrels, meowing for food, chirping for attention, fighting with another pet, eating something they shouldn’t, the list goes on. It can be slightly frustrating. But it’s all so worth it. Having pets, especially when working from home during COVID has WAY more benefits than it does negative side effects. Other than providing you with unconditional love, pets provide a multitude of advantages to your mental, physical, and social well-being. Mental health boost In an age where we can’t get hugs, give handshakes, or experience other physical contact with people, pets are the solution. Not only do they provide some much-needed companionship, but you get an added mental bonus when you pet them! Touching, patting, or cuddling a pet increases oxytocin, the chemical in your brain that promotes emotional health and well-being. In a creative rut or just can’t concentrate on work? Walking your pet outside can give you […]

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