Pets at the Workplace is a Great Stress Reliever

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If this dog is “Big Brother”, he can watch me anytime 🙂 Photo courtesy of confessionsoftheprofessions.com

Happy Monday! I know many of you are getting ready for work (or already at work). As you sip your morning coffee/tea and quietly munch on your breakfast while checking email, do any of you start thinking, “Man, it’s Monday. Here we go. I hope today isn’t going to be too crazy”.

I usually felt like this on a Monday morning once I began working Monday-Friday (sidenote: for those who aren’t familiar with a nurse’s schedule, nurses usually work 12  hour shifts, 3 days/week. I’ll always remember asking the HR person at my first Monday-Friday job, “So, I work everyday except weekends?” Her response, “Yes” (with a skeptical look….or maybe it was her “duh” look 🙂 )

One job, though, did not feel as daunting on a Monday because usually as I approached the bottom of my coffee cup and ate the last few bites of my morning bagel, a random dog would appear by my side. The second I would look down at him and give him a few pets, my Mondays (and everyday, actually), suddenly felt a million times better. I always thought of this dog as Mr Social because he made it a point to visit each and every employee throughout the day.

Then another dog I nicknamed “The Beautiful Scavenger” would saunter through the office, sashaying his perfectly brushed golden mane and tail like a fashion model on the runway. I loved looking at this dog but loved even more watching him look in every trash bin for any food scraps while his owner was busy typing away at his desk. I’m not sure his owner knew his gorgeous canine was doing this, but none of us were going to be “the snitch”. 🙂

You might all be asking, “Where did you work? Petco? A veternarian’s office? Doggie beauty salon?” Believe it or not, I was working at a regular office in Silicon Valley, and employees bringing their dogs to work was actually a pretty common thing at tech offices in that area. I loved the idea and the fact that numerous companies allowed their employees to bring their beloved furry friends with them to work. I could always see the joy on these employees when they walked through the office door with their pets and throughout the day as they sought out their dogs during stressful moments. Equally wonderful was how these office dogs lifted the spirits and decreased the stress of everyone else in the office.

I decided to review online articles to see if anyone else felt that pets at the workplace was an excellent stress reliever and was happy to find more than a few articles supporting this idea. I also found quite a few articles too that brought up the pros and cons of pets at the workplace. I listed some of the articles below.

What are your thoughts? I’m obviously a believer of pets in the workplace and highly recommend it to anyone considering working at a pet friendly office.

Who Let The Dogs In? More Companies Welcome Pets At Work by Yuki Noguchi on npr.org

The Rising Trend of Pets at Work by Krystal D’Costa on Scientific American

The Benefits of Bringing Pets to Work at usc.edu

Dogs in the Workplace: A Review of the Benefits and Potential Challenges by Anne M. Foreman, Margaret K. Glenn, B. Jean Meade, Oliver Wirth on National Center for Biotechnology Information website

Pets In the Workplace: Is It a Good or Bad Idea? by Kim Tracy Prince on business.com

Take your dog to work Friday? These ’employees’ wag their tails by Kelly Tyko on usatoday.com

The many benefits of pets in the workplace on aaha.org

Why Bringing Your Dog to Work Can Be Great for (Almost) Everyone by Jennifer Calfas on time.com

Did You Know Animals Help Depression and Anxiety?

Happy Caturday! Did you know animals can help depression and decrease anxiety? My cat Jr Mint definitely helps my #mentalhealth. He even gives me hi-fives 😊

Here are some articles noting the positive effects of animals on mental health:

Alleviating Anxiety, Stress, and Depression with the Pet Effect by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Pets and Mental Health by The Mental Health Association

Science Says Your Pet Is Good for Your Mental Health by Time Magazine

Pets Help People Manage The Pain Of Serious Mental Illness by Erin Ross on npr.org

It’s official: Pets benefit our mental health by Ana Sandoiu on MedicalNewsToday.com

 

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Deadpool Describes Breakfast with the Best 4 Letter Word

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Deadpool is right. Only a 4 letter word can describe breakfast….GOOD 😂 Try not to skip breakfast. Missing meals can slow down your metabolism, making weight loss harder. If you’re not hungry in the morning, at least try eating a piece of fruit or toast to give your body nourishment and kick start your daily metabolism. BTW saw this cereal box at an f.y.e. store. Hilarious!

#deadpool #marvel #healthylifestyle #health #nurse #healthtips #healthtip #healthtipoftheday #gracethenurse #dope #funny #haha #hahaha #hilarious #cereal #breakfast #weightloss

Jumping for Joy = Calories Burned :)

If I ever get on the Price is Right, hopefully I can look this happy jumping when they call my name 😅

I’m trying to exercise more to get back in shape and wanted to share another excellent way to exercise…..jumping! You can burn about 10-20 calories for every minute of jumping. Here are my brother, niece, nephews and I jumping around and cheering like crazy after the Eagles win tonight! I think I burned the equivalent of 2 cheese puffs 😊 Go Eagles!!!

#jumping #health #calories #flyeaglesfly #eagles #eaglesnation #healthtips #healthtipoftheday #healthylifestyle #healthylife #weightlossjourney #weightloss #weightlossmotivation #exercise #exercises #football #footballseason #family #familyphotography #familylife #niece #nephew #nephews #kids #cutekids #celebration #celebrations

Hero Nurse Drives Through Fire to Save Others

Nurses perform heroic acts everyday. Due to HIPAA, many of these stories can’t be shared with the public. Nurses are special because hero worship isn’t what drives them. Saving lives and caring for others is our main motivation.
I would like to share stories (that are HIPAA compliant) of hero nurses with the public. Here’s a story of a hero nurse who risked his life to save others during the California fires. Excellent job Allyn Pierce!
https://bit.ly/2SEbqtg
#nursesrock #HERO #California #ThankYou #Health #caring #nurse #wow #amazing #fires

House-Working Away Calories!

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Need to get in some exercise but don’t have time to go to the gym? Do some house work! (I know all of you are saying “Yay!” 😂)Yes it can be a chore, but you can burn quite a few calories. For example, you can burn 150-200 calories doing 30 min of raking (depending on your weight). Check out my latest YouTube video and my proud pile of leaves that I raked 😊 Thanks for watching!

Snack Measurement is all in the Hands

Have you ever read the serving size of your favorite snack and wondered, “How much is 1 or 2 oz?” Since not all of us carry around a food scale (and if you do, that’s pretty awesome 🙂 ), you can use your hands to measure out the correct serving size for snacks.

For chips:

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Serving size of chips is usually 2 ounces, and you should limit potato chip intake to about 2 ounces per day (even better, limit eating 2 ounces of chips to once every few days). To measure 2 ounces with your hands, measure out enough chips to fill both palms (see above).

For nuts:

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Recommended serving size is about 1 ounce per day. A palmful of nuts is roughly equal to 1 ounce.

Using your hands are not only useful for holding your favorite snack but for measuring the correct serving size! Enjoy!