As the demand for services and goods continues upward, many employers are aggressive in pushing their workers to their full production capacity. This ultimately means more late nights at work for employees, and often times, they even need to perform certain tasks that do not actually belong in their job descriptions. This may be a good reason why many of today’s working class is suffering from depression and other related illnesses due to work stress.
Numerous studies show that job stress is by far one of the major sources of stress for American adults as it has escalated progressively over the past few decades. Increased levels of job stress, as assessed by the perception of having little control but high demands at work, have been associated with increased rates of heart attack, hypertension and other disorders.
In New York, Los Angeles and other US business prime spots, the relationship between job stress and heart attacks is so well acknowledged that any police officer who suffers a coronary event on or off the job (like having a heart attack sustained while on a fishing trip or at a gambling spree in Las Vegas) is assumed to have a work related injury and is compensated accordingly.
What can be noted here is that as much as this generation demands the full capacity of each individual, people must also learn to cope with alternative approaches as to how they can overcome work stress.
As such, one of the easiest and most comforting ways to do just that is by owning a pet!
How exactly do pets give employees their much needed boost for work?
Come home to a Fluffy Friend
Employees are often subject to insurmountable amounts of stresses not only from work, but pressure from family, friends and other relationships. In this regard, the human psychology may be subjected to so much stretch and strain that mental ailments can come easily at a certain point. This is why it is vital that people take time to just relax and feel the air.
How does one go about getting some important R and R? One of the more fun and novel ways is adopting or keeping a pet.
Owning a dog or cat can make a person feel much happier and more relaxed. In fact, playing with a dog or cat can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine which are responsible for the feeling of being calm and serene. Similarly, by being relaxed, people are less likely to have heart diseases.
According to studies, having pets like dogs can make one less likely to have heart disease. This is because owners exercise more when walking their pets and therefore, induce lower blood pressure. Lower blood pressure means fewer reasons to be stressed, and less stress means a happier outlook in life.
Also, relaxation can come from other sources. This is where physical activities play a major role towards a more serene lifestyle. Aside from its evident effects on the body, physical exercises can also help the brain become more active as it is when doing mental exercise. This is due to the fact that the most powerful brain boosters are actions which incorporate both aerobic activity and coordination.
Physical activities, like sports, essentially improve one’s mood, improve concentration, as well as mend bad sleeping habits. This bridges the physical and perceptual aspects that make up a person’s overall mental health. This is where pets can assist anyone in starting off to get the most benefit. Since these lovely animals live actively and are always sniffing around places, people are more motivated in playing them which can actually be a form of human exercise.
Boosted Confidence equals Better Opportunities
In the game of business, the ones who are not afraid to take the risks are the ones who are likely to succeed. However, before becoming an aggressive employee that the company needs, it is important to know that mental stability and a great sense of confidence in him or herself is needed to get the job done.
Mental health proves to be a major marker of having good overall health. In this regard, it is important to make efforts in training the mind to be mentally stable in order to handle complex tasks. Unfortunately, training the mind can come as very linear and uninteresting for many people since it takes a lot of time to do so.
To create a whole new perspective on this dilemma, having pets provides a whole new outlook on mental health management. With pets, everything is brand new and exciting. While providing wonders for their owner’s mental health, they give a certain light to the room that only pet lovers and owners can tell
Dogs, cats and birds can be great domestic companions. Often a dog is very intuitive and will seek out his owner when they are feeling down, refusing to allow that person to remain alone. A cat’s furry presence can bring new light to an owner’s moments of feeling down. In times one is mentally and emotionally drained from his or her job, going home to an emotional support cat can have wondrous effects.
Also, owning a pet can make a person achieve a higher sense of confidence and trust in himself, especially with his capabilities and outlook on what he can do. Pets are valuable beings that help people see a different perspective on his or her likeability and amiability. Furthermore, since pets are social magnets, they give a sense of comfort and company especially if a person is an innate pet lover. Because of this, people with pets are generally happier, more trusting, and less lonely than those who don’t have pets. They also visit the doctor less often for minor problems, and they are less likely prone to be depressed.
Fortified Immunity, Less Days off
Since many people who belong to the working class undergo various pressures both in the mind and body, it is inevitability for them to be sick. Considering both the employees and the employer, down times can be an unfortunate and unproductive situation. As a business owner and employer, absenteeism result to less production. From the employee’s standpoint, it equates to less pay for them.
Thanks to having pets, all of these can be lessened dramatically.
Pets are very good boosters of immunity to diseases. Contrary to popular belief, research shows that a home with a furry friend can reduce the likelihood of childhood allergies by 14 percent. Anyone who has ever wiped down muddy paw prints knows that dogs aren’t necessarily the cleanest family members. However, the extra dirt and allergens a dog introduces to a home actually helps strengthen the immune system in their human owners.
The ‘hygiene hypothesis’, which suggests human’s modern day obsession with cleanliness has left their bodies incapable of reacting appropriately to harmful elements. Not only does this persnickety approach to what people touch leave them open to attacks from bad bacteria, it also leaves their immune systems hyperactive to harmless substances like pollen, and results in allergies.
Having said that, researchers from Arizona’s Department of Psychiatry have launched a study called “Dogs as Probiotics for People” to examine whether dogs can improve human health by acting as a probiotic, particularly in older people. Humans already have a strong emotional bond with their dogs, and the study explores the possible existence of a biological bond that can improve the immune system of both people and their pets. The researchers say their work will build on previous findings that dog owners are much more likely to share the same kind of “good” bacteria with their dogs.