Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started rearing its ugly head, many of us have been working from home. Unfortunately, the pandemic seems to be taking much longer to control and contain than anyone had hoped.
Now, as we enter our second year of working from home, many of us are, quite surprisingly, longing to return to the office. However, while things may seem a bit repetitive at this stage of our work from home journeys, there are actually several benefits attached to home offices and being your own boss. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what the benefits of working from home are.
Less Commute Stress
On average, a worker spends at least 27 minutes traveling to work. That means that in total, almost an hour is spent commuting to and from work daily. Studies have shown that more than 30 minutes of daily commuting is commonly associated with increased levels of stress and anxiety, which can have physiological reactions including:
- Elevated levels of blood sugar
- An increased risk of depression
- Higher cholesterol
By not having to commute, we are able to better support our mental and physical health. Furthermore, the hour that you save every day can be put towards healthy activities outside of work, such as catching up on sleep, spending more time with your family, doing recreational activities, working out, or eating a healthy breakfast daily.
By going into the office every day, we actually use a great deal of money. For example, those who drive to and from work need to factor in the costs of gas and wear on tear on their vehicles. This is over and above the other ‘hidden’ costs of having a job, such as the lunches bought away from home, a professional wardrobe, and parking fees, to name a few.
By not going into the office, we can eliminate these extra costs and put the funds directly into our own pockets to be spent or saved in other areas.
Save The Planet
In the United States, roughly 3.9 million people regularly work from home at least half of the time. This is equivalent to taking approximately 600,000 cars off of the road for an entire year, which has a fantastic effect on the environment. Essentially, 3 million tons of greenhouse gasses were eliminated by these 3.9 million people working from home.
Furthermore, when we work from home, we have greater control over making choices that are better for the environment. For example, by using less air conditioning, heating, and lighting, we can further reduce our carbon footprints.
Enjoy A Better Work-Life Balance
By working from home, you will also have much better control over your schedule. You can be a bit more flexible with your time, as long as it doesn’t negatively affect your work or the work of your colleagues. This extra sense of control can prove to be invaluable when it comes to your personal life.
For example, you can attend an online fitness class at lunch, check this site and have some fun while on a break, or perhaps even attend a doctor’s appointment if you have a long enough hiatus between meetings. This will make life much easier and reduce the stress of having to balance everything within the working day.