Working From Home? Your Mind and Body Will Thank You
While it’s difficult to replicate the personal, collaborative environment of a physical office, working from home has a wide range of unique benefits.
As COVID-19 spreads its way across the globe, the virus is forcing us to change our daily routines and structures, including how we work and earn a living. To stop the spread of the deadly disease, you, like many, many others around the world, might be working remotely and from home as part of widespread quarantine measures. But in every major change, there is a silver lining. While it’s difficult to replicate the personal, collaborative environment of a physical office, working from home has a wide range of unique benefits, particularly for emotional and physical wellness as well as personal safety.
No geographic limits
With the abundance technology and online platforms available, you can easily communicate and collaborate with colleagues anywhere there is an internet connection. And with the prevalence and wide reach of wi-fi networks, this means that the location of your “office” is not limited to one room in your home, or limited to just your home. This freedom can be a real boost to your emotional health.
No structural limits
Like the location of your office, the structure of your home office is very flexible. Your home office is no longer set in stone with a large desk and a bulky chair—it can be whatever you require it to be according to your unique personal and professional circumstances, creating a healthier, more comfortable space. With this dramatic increase in working-from-home situations, the concept of the office has become much more fluid and dynamic.
By working at home, you eliminate the commute to work. This is significant because commuting can cause stress, eating up a lot of your precious day in traffic, and it can also be a major expense, costing a lot of money in gas or transit when commuting every day. Researchers have found that commuting can put “considerable stress on the human and body and on family relationships.”