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2016 Month : February Volume : 2 Issue : 1 Page : 20-22

POOCH AT WORK: A NOVEL STRESS BUSTER FOR EMPLOYEES WORKING IN STRESSFUL ENVIRONMENT.

Purushottam Bung1

Corresponding Author:
Dr. Purushottam Bung,
No. 77, Adarshanagar,
Hindwadi,
Belgaum-590011.
E-mail: bunguas@gmail.com

 

ABSTRACT

Stress is an integral part of every human being. Without stress, life appears to be dull and boring; whereas too much of it can be dangerous. Hans Selye.1 M.D., a pioneer researcher in ‘stress and stress management’ defines stress as “The nonspecific response of the body to any demand made on it (When external demands exceed resources).” As the fast developing countries like India which are experiencing significant economic progress, the stress levels with which people work in general is also increasing significantly. This has led to sharp rise in the stress related chronic health disorders (Physiological and psychological) like; anxiety disorders, attention deficit, hyperactivity, essential hypertension, epilepsy, headache, insomnia, chronic muscular pain, etc.

The conventional stress management techniques/strategies like; aerobics, yoga, meditation, prayer, imagery, self-hypnosis (Autogenic Training), biofeedback, long silent walk, soothing music, etc., have been proved successful yet incomplete. Getting a new friend, i.e. cats and dogs, have proved to be highly stress relieving. Pets provide excellent social support, stress relief and other health benefits – perhaps more than human beings.

Firms, especially, which are into service sector can think of keeping these new friends, i.e. cats and dogs (Of selected breed after necessary training) in their work places so that employees can spend some good time with these pets (Hugging, cuddling, stroking and playing), which has proved to be one of the most effective ‘stress busters.’ It does not cost much for the firms to maintain these pets at work places. Whereas benefits derived in terms of reduced stress levels of employees which ultimately make the employees more creative, focused and optimistic is just amazing.

KEYWORDS

Pooch at Work, Novel Stress Buster, Managing Stress.

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