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Benefits Of Working From Home With Your Dog By Your Side

Benefits Of Working From Home With Your Dog By Your Side

By: Mary Jane Gallagher

Over the past year, an increasing number of South Africans joined the work-from-home brigade as lockdown regulations saw a huge spike in remote employment. Working from home has many benefits, including flexible working hours, less time wasted travelling to and from the office, and saving money on fuel costs or transport fees. As a dog owner, you may be privy to even more benefits. From enjoying improved mental health and being more productive, to reaping the rewards of increased physical activity, here’s a closer look at some of the benefits of working from home with your beloved dog by your side.

You may enjoy improved mental health

It is no secret that having a trusted canine companion can prevent loneliness and reduce anxiety and depression. Working at home in close proximity to your dog can also decrease any work-related stress significantly, regardless of whether your stress manifests itself physically or emotionally. Your body tends to produce more serotonin and dopamine and less cortisol when you spend time with your pets, which will lead to an improved overall mood. Even your dog’s silly antics that never fail to bring a smile to your face can provide a much-needed break from the stressors associated with every-day work life.

Your productivity could increase considerably

Although dog lovers who work from home are bound to attest to the fact that their dogs can be a distraction at times, they can also give your productivity a nifty boost. According to a study conducted by the Virginia Commonwealth University in the USA, dog-owners who work from home may enjoy increased productivity. Your elevated, relaxed mood that is brought on by the company of your dog will make your workload feel considerably lighter. As you are also more likely to take frequent breaks when you have a dog that demands attention, you will find that your energy levels remain stable and it becomes easier to focus on your work. Researchers have found that 70% of people believe they move more during the working day by walking and playing with a pet, and this is sure to keep your energy levels up.

Increased physical activity results in improved mental health

By now we all know how closely related physical activity and mental health are. Unfortunately, up to 40% of South Africans are dangerously inactive, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Although there are many reasons why people are inactive, a lack of time is one of the most common excuses. When you work from home, you are presented with the perfect opportunity to get active during your breaks. While you can engage in any physical activity you please, taking your dog for a walk is always an enjoyable and healthy way to kill time. When you are more active, you will not only become physically healthier, but your mental health will improve as well. You will find that your moods don’t fluctuate quite as much and that even your quality of sleep improves drastically, leaving you feeling more relaxed and content.

Working from home can be very rewarding. When you have a loyal canine companion keeping you company, it can truly be a beneficial endeavour for your both.