Working from home amid lockdown? The set up is actually good for your health

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  • The enhanced community quarantine gave people a glimpse of what working from home feels like
  • Working from home also has benefits to one’s health
  • On the other hand, one must be aware that living and working in the same place can blur the line between work and personal life

The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) has given you a glimpse of what working from home feels like. But do you know that this setup is actually beneficial to your health?

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According to Web MD, despite the huge adjustment being faced by employees who had to shift to this kind of setup, working from home also has benefits to one’s health.

“Social distancing to slow the spread of coronavirus has kept millions of people away from the office. Many are working from home instead. Figuring out how to video conference might be challenging, but telecommuting also has some real health benefits,” it was noted.

Health benefits of working from home

*Fewer pollutants – By avoiding packed buses, trains, and roads, you are helping your body avoid toxins like exhaust fumes. Moreover, with fewer people commuting, vehicle emissions will likely fall and we can expect better air quality and less damage to the environment.

*Healthier life – At home, you can manage the “triggers” better: the annoying co-workers, the demanding boss, or whatever it is that’s making your work harder than it should be.

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To note, less stress lowers your risk for anxiety, digestion issues, headaches, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, and memory and concentration issues. Moreover, a study found that people who telecommute for eight or more hours a month are less likely to be depressed than those who do not work from home.

*Personal satisfaction – People who commute spend less time completing tasks they want to accomplish. Having more time now makes you more mindful of your work-life balance, which can lead to greater life satisfaction.

The thin line

Working from home, on the other hand, also has a disadvantage.

“Living and working in the same place can blur the line between your work and personal life. Work may start to creep into the time you’d normally reserve for family and friends. That’s why it’s important to have clear start and stop times,” the Web MD noted.

Yes, that means having sound time management!