Working from home is good for your mental health- research shows that home based workers tend to be happier with lower stress levels than those that attend standard workplaces. But on top of this, there are a few reasons why it’s good for your physical health too. Read on to find out more.
Not exposed to workplace risks
There are many risks in certain kinds of workplaces, from trauma to high heats, working at heights, power tools and machines and chemicals like asbestos. If you speak to a law firm that cares about workers rights, you’ll quickly realise that workplace accidents, injuries and health conditions are more common than you might have realised. It’s not to say that working from home is completely foolproof, many accidents do still happen around the home. But for the most part, working from home is pretty safe. You’re likely sat at a desk most of the day, and as you don’t have a commute you don’t even have the risk of an accident happening on the way to your job.
Not exposed to as many bugs and illnesses
When you’re in the workplace, there’s always someone coughing and spluttering, things like vomiting bugs are commonly passed around and generally minor illnesses are going to be spread when you’re in close proximity with other people. When you go out in public you’re also exposed to germs, but you can come home and wash your hands- however when you’re working around other people all day, even frequent hand washing isn’t often enough. Every computer you use, door handle you touch, pen you pick up could all be harbouring illness causing bugs and you can’t wash your hands every five minutes.
Easy to manage around existing health conditions
If you already have an existing health condition, working from home could be ideal for you. With home based jobs, everything is much more flexible. If you work for yourself then you get to call the shots, if you work for someone else then you’ll usually be given your days work and deadlines meaning you can organise your day as you see fit and not be confined to the 9-5 of office hours. With no commute time and the ability to work the hours that suit you, it can be worked around ‘bad days’ with your health, hospital and doctors appointments and more.
It’s still possible to work when you have a minor illness
There’s nothing worse than having to go to work when you don’t feel well. However, when you work from home, it’s easy to keep on going even if you’re a little unwell. You can work from your bed, you can take breaks when you need to and you have all of the comforts of your home so it’s not as bad. You don’t have to worry about spreading your illness to anyone else, and it’s generally much more manageable. Working with minor illness is very doable when your job is at home, and you dont even need to move from your bed if you don’t want to.