Jun 212020
Health Benefits of Working From Home
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Welcome to my 'Health Benefits of Working From Home' post!

First of all, I must congratulate you for taking the time to do your research on this topic of green living. With the rising use and communication technologies, working from home is becoming a popular choice for many companies.

If you are considering working from home or convincing your employer about the benefits of working from home - you have come to the right place. I am going to share my experiences and show you I benefited from working from home. Working from home improved my health and my working results.

As a qualified teacher, I am passionate about education and the impact it can have on bettering our future. It is down to us individuals to do our research and make small changes to the way we live our lives. 

These small changes are easy to make and can have a big impact on our health, the health of our family and our environment. This website is designed for everyday people looking to make these changes. Here you will learn a legitimate way to go green. 

Let me be completely transparent with you, I am not here to pitch or sell anything to you. I am here to reveal and to assist you on your journey of going green! 

More Sleep...

The job site, Glassdoor said that 74 percent of people working in the USA get less than the recommended amount of sleep each night. Adults should be having eight hours. Getting good sleep is a crucial aspect of being healthy.

According to Forbes, sleep has positive impacts on our mental and physical health. It strengthens the immune system, allowing us to fight infection. While sleeping your body is recharging, processing, restoring, and strengthening itself. It can help heal the brain and body.

When I returned home from my nine to five, I was exhausted, but the last thing I wanted to do was sleep. I had a whole list of things I wanted to do before settling down for the evening and by the time I eventually started winding down, it was already late. As a result, I stayed up late, had trouble sleeping, and then I would either wake up early stressing about work or keep snoozing. It was a no-win situation.

Working from home has enabled me to get more sleep every night. Unlike before, I am in tune with my body's natural sleeping pattern, which is also in tune with the daylight. By the time it gets dark at around eight in the evening, I am getting sleepy and I am out by nine. I wake up with the sun, getting on with my day early and being more productive because of it. Plus, I feel less stressed and I haven't been sick since working from home.

Reduce Stress...

The setup of society indoctrinates us into thinking that a stressful life is normal and acceptable. But it isn't because it isn't healthy. The BBC says there is an increasing problem of work created stress and reports that working from home promotes happiness and productivity.

A person suffering from stress is more likely to have mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, irritability, and personality disorders. You are too much at risk from physical issues such as insomnia, headaches, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, high blood pressure, heart attacks, and stroke.

One of the most stressful aspects I experienced was a long commute. Sitting in traffic after a long day or on a Friday was the last thing I wanted to do. Commuting takes up time but it is also extremely aggravating and causes stress. Regular public events, road traffic accidents, and poor weather only added to the problem.

Now that I am self-employed and am working remotely, I am for the most part stress-free. I don't have work-related stress, I work at my own pace and get more work done. Remote working is benefiting my mental health.


Eat Healthier...

People working long hours who commute to and from work are more likely to have a poor diet. Convenient food is often cheaper to produce, inorganic, and has serious effects on personal health and the health of our environment. I remember getting into the bad habit of buying pastries at a gas station that was on my commute. After a bad night's sleep, I relied on sugar rushes to get me through the day.

Remote working from home provides you with more time for preparing your meals. I have lost weight, eat healthier foods and this enables me to produce better work results. I frequently make my salads, smoothies, and eat a lot of raw foods which give my body the nutrients it needs to perform.

Avoid Germs...

Today's work environments and employee contracts promote the spread of illness and encourage us to come to work when sick, spreading it to other people. Work environments are used by lots of people so you're at a high risk of exposure to germs.

One study found within four hours of arriving at work, infected employees spread viruses on 50% of workplace surfaces. The shared contact with these surfaces then leads to half of their coworkers being tested positive for the virus.

I have been regularly sick in every cooperate job I have had. The long hours, little sleep, high stress, and poor diet weakened my immune system, and going into an environment where there was a high risk of exposure to germs, bacteria and viruses made me a walking target. Remote working from home significantly reduces your chance of exposure. I haven't been sick since making this decision. Having fewer occasions of downtime results in more time for work.

Times are changing and more people are starting to work from home. Some jobs make this possible with the use of modern technologies, yet for some industries, this just isn't possible. With the recent COVID-19 epidemic, more companies are considering the benefits of telework and am hopeful that we will see more and more of this as time goes on.

Exercise More...

The average working lifestyle has discouraged me from getting regular exercise. Before work I was rushing to get ready and arrive at work on time, during the short lunch break I was eating or completing other personal tasks, only to commute home to get dinner, do laundry and relax. Many have children to pick up from school and care for too. There just isn't enough time for exercise. Occasionally I would go swimming on the weekends, but this was irregular and wasn't enough.

We need regular exercise to be healthy and this is best when done daily. Some people with a busy working schedule can add exercise to their day if they have long lunch breaks or if they make the decision to change their mode of transport e.g. cycling to work. However, most of us do not do this because we do not feel we have enough time in the day.

When you work from home, you save a lot of time each day and this time can be used for regular exercise. Regular exercise promotes our physical and mental health. Exercising at home is effective, cheap, and affordable. There are many different home exercise routines you can follow.

Since working at home I now do daily exercise and take one day off a week. My health and fitness have improved. I feel stronger, get sick less often, feel happy in my own body, and am far more confident than I was working in an office environment. Exercising regularly has given me more daily energy and motivation to complete my work each day.


Fewer Pollutants...

There are many different types of workplace pollution have a toll on our body and health. Workplace pollution includes the presence of natural light, sounds, and hazardous materials. This pollution exposure can happen in a variety of different ways:

  • breathing
  • direct contact
  • accidental ingestion

Some careers put employees more at risk than others. The Environmental Pollution Centers provide details of professions that are at higher risk of workplace pollution:

  • Mining/smelting jobs
  • Construction workers
  • Chemical industry jobs
  • Manufacturing jobs
  • Aerospace jobs
  • Dry cleaning jobs
  • Auto repair shops
  • Gas station jobs
  • A convenience store or shopping mall jobs
  • Textile industry jobs
  • Some office jobs
  • Research jobs

Exposure to transport-related pollutants is particularly high when commuting during rush hour. This form of exposure Haas been related to cardiovascular and respiratory health concerns. When I was commuting to work, I was experiencing higher rates of asthma and I have not had an issue with this since working from home.

Heath Benefits of Working from Home: The Final Verdict!

Did you know that working from home also benefits the environment?

You now have all the information you need to make the right decision for you, your health, and your family. Make changes today, speak to your employers, and the transition you need to live a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

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Reader Comments

  1. Great article! I am just about to return to work after maternity leave and am about to negotiate a working from home arrangement. I will definitely be using some of these examples to present to my employer. I was working from home before I went onleave and definitely agree that I slept better, ate healthier and exercised more. Wish me luck on being able to do it again!

    1. Hi Elenor, I am pleased that it was helpful to you and I wish you the very best of luck. You may want to check out my bloat as there is another post on there covering the same topic but it looks at it from a different perspective. Best of luck, I hope you get what you are looking for.

  2. Hi Catherine,

    I believe that there are many health benefits of working from home, and it’s great that your asthma issue got under better control by working from home.

    I think working from home is helping the environment. During this lock-down period, there is research that shows the reduction of CO2 emissions, and air pollution gets less due to less human commuting behaviors. If all companies could take this into serious consideration, it would be both beneficial to the employees and the environment.


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