Studies show that more and more people are working remotely than ever before, but is working from home good for your wellbeing?
On the surface, it would seem like plenty of work problems are solved by staying home. For starters, you avoid the woes of commuting, escape the drama of office politics and you suddenly have the potential to work on your own time and make a schedule that is suited to your needs (not to mention the fact that you get to forgo a dress code and work in your most comfy pyjamas). But experts say that working from home creates a host of other problems for workers and they often come at the expense of your mental health.
In 2014, Timothy Golden, an associate professor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, told Entrepreneur that working from home “can intensify existing work and family conflict rather than alleviate it”. He argues that working from home prevents individuals from fully disconnecting from work as they aren’t able to leave their work-related stresses in a workplace thus leading to increased conflict in the home.
In addition to this, home workers also run risk of becoming socially isolated because of the lack of regular face to face interactions with co-workers.
Working from home also makes it easier to neglect basic necessities like getting up early, getting dressed and even showering on a regular basis, this can also negatively impact mental health.
There a few simple strategies that can be used to vastly improve mental health and productivity while working from home;
- Setting specific hours and sticking to them
- Making human contact – Studies suggest that good-quality social connections have a direct impact on our health, with well connected people living longer than their more isolated counterparts. As home working is solitary by nature, it may be beneficial to reach out to family and friends or attend networking events to meet new people.
- Incorporate exercise to your routine – Exercise is a natural stress reliever. No matter how busy you are, you can to afford to take a 10 minute stroll around the area. Walking helps release tension in the muscles as well and gives to an opportunity to gain a sense of perspective by observing to world around you.