Working remotely is an incredible way to get away from the distractions and chaos of a typical office environment. As a freelancer, I can choose where I work and when I work, without worrying about the “9-5” expectations that may not always fit my schedule. However, there are some mental health benefits that come with working remotely as well—and they just might surprise you!
Fewer Sick Days
Working from home can help you avoid illness, which is one of the most common reasons for taking sick days. If you’re at home, you can avoid germs and work around illnesses that might otherwise disrupt your productivity. This means that if you do get sick, it won’t interfere with your ability to get things done.
Lower Stress Levels
Working remotely offers a number of stress-reduction benefits. When you’re not in the office, you don’t have to worry about gossip, office politics, or having your boss breathing down your neck all day. You don’t have to dress up for work and can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable that day. And when you do have to go into the office, it will be much easier to enjoy yourself because most people who work remotely are much happier at their jobs than those who commute every day from home.
Working from home also means that there are fewer distractions—no more co-workers stopping by unannounced with food or other items for sale (or worse: making requests for help), no one knocking on your door just because they want someone else in the room (or worse: bothering them when they want peace and quiet), none of those annoying phone calls asking questions that could easily wait until tomorrow or later this afternoon… plus all those other things we take as part of everyday life but which really aren’t necessary if we’d just learn how not-to-be so busy all the time!
You might be surprised to learn that increased productivity is one of the most common reasons people give for working remotely. This makes sense when you consider all the distractions that can take up your time and mental energy, like co-workers needing help or clients expecting a response at any moment. When you work from home (or another location without many other people around), you’re able to focus on what needs doing without being distracted by things like these.
You also don’t have to worry about getting in early or staying late if something comes up at work that requires your attention during off-hours: if it’s urgent enough for someone else’s comfort level, they will call/text/email—and depending on how important it is, they’ll probably even use all three methods simultaneously! If this sounds like what’s best for your business success rate, then perhaps not having anyone looking over your shoulder every five minutes is just what you need in order to get things done effectively and efficiently.
Improvements in Physical Health
Not only does working remotely have a positive impact on mental health, but it also improves physical health as well. When you aren’t stuck in an office all day and can go outside whenever you want, many people find that they walk more often. This is especially true if they have a desk job and were previously driving to work every day. In addition to walking more often, people who work remotely tend to eat healthier and get more sleep because they don’t feel the pressure of having to commute during rush hour traffic or wake up before dawn to make it to work by 8:00 AM.
Less Commuting and More Time to Pursue Personal Passions
If you’re like most people, your commute through the daily traffic jam can feel like a time-sucking black hole. You might have to wake up earlier or stay later at work because of it, and you might find yourself rushing through lunch to make the most of each day. It’s also been shown that commuting makes us more stressed and less physically active.
What if there were an alternative? What if instead of dreading your commute every day, you could spend a few hours pursuing one of your personal passions—like playing an instrument or learning a new language? Because working remotely allows for less time spent commuting and more time doing things that matter to you on both a professional and personal level.
Smaller Carbon Footprint
Before the pandemic, 3.9 million workers decreased greenhouse gas emissions by the same amount as removing more than 600,000 cars from the road for a full year. This is according to Flexjobs study.
When you work remotely, you don’t spend as much time commuting or traveling in general—and this means less waste and pollution going into the world around us.
As someone who lives in a city with limited public transportation options (and an even more limited budget), I can attest to how much easier it is for me now that my job requires only occasional face-to-face meetings with clients—or none at all! It’s so nice not having to worry about traffic jams or parking tickets when I take off for a weekend trip somewhere new.
Better Work-Life Balance
Working remotely allows you to set your own hours and work at a time that is most convenient for you. If you like to start early in the morning, you can wake up earlier and get right to it! If you feel more productive working late into the evening, go for it! You do not have to worry about being stuck at an office all day long with little downtime.
These flexible work schedules also mean that when your workload is light, such as on weekends or holidays, then you can take advantage of these times by spending time with friends and family instead of staying chained to your desk all day long.
The benefits of remote work are numerous and can be enjoyed by anyone. The best part is that there’s no reason not to try it! If you have questions, or if this article has inspired you to get started with working remotely, feel free to reach out. We have plenty of resources in our blog posts and guides section that will help you learn more about the subject matter covered here today.