5 Health Benefits of Working from Home
The pandemic was a challenge to the way we work and live, but it also provided an opportunity to work a different way. Technology has virtualized our office needs, allowing us to continue working from home. There is no reason why everyone can’t take advantage. This new generation of work from home professionals are leading by example and proving how much healthier working outside a traditional office setting can be.
Removing work-related stressors from your life is essential for a healthy mind and body. Otherwise, you may experience health problems such as heart disease—not to mention the challenges that come with having an anxious mindset in general. Here are five health benefits of working from home that help improve your mental and physical health.
1. Less Commuting
Did you know the average one-way commute for the American workforce is 27.6 minutes? Commuting to work can be a stressful—and expensive—experience. From the cost of fueling your vehicle, monthly parking fees, and public transportation, the costs and stress add up quickly when you have a job that requires driving back and forth every day.
2. Healthy Eating
Whether you are at home or in an office setting, what you consume matters to your well-being. It’s more likely that someone who works from home will lean toward more nutritious choices. At home, there’s no vending machine full of processed junk food or fast food right around the corner. Instead, you control what food and drinks are around.
3. More Family Time
Spending more time around loved ones helps people feel happier and healthier. Unfortunately, too many employees who work outside the home feel they do not get time with their families and loved ones. With long days and long commutes, there’s just not enough time in the day. Those who work from home don’t have this problem, however. Part of emotional well-being is being around loved ones and working from home makes this much more doable.
Time with pets
Pet lovers know that pets are great stress relievers, and working from the comfort of your home allows you to be with them. Quality time between humans and animal companions is beneficial for both—it’s a win-win situation! Plus, being home means you can take care of your fur babies without having to worry about leaving them alone too long.
4. Greater Flexibility
Freedom, flexibility and balance are the keys to a healthy life. Deciding for yourself when, where, and how you work best is a valuable health benefit. For example:
- Seeing your children off to school and being available when they get home.
- Sleeping in and staying up later because that’s when your mind is sharpest.
- Working out during your lunch break without the fear of looking unprofessional and sweaty afterward.
- Working anywhere in the world! As long as you’ve got Wi-Fi, you can be productive.
The ability to work remotely allows the flexibility needed to take care of yourself, your well-being, and your family while still pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams.
5. Better Environment
Finally, working from home lowers your chance of coming into contact with germs and harmful chemicals. In the workplace, we often come into close contact with our co-workers and customers. This can lead to the risk of getting sick. Your body’s immune system works harder to fight off viruses or bacteria which can lead to fatigue. Plus, avoiding the city’s pollution and transportation-related nuisances means exposure to fewer harmful chemicals.
Working remotely has a plethora of benefits for your mental and physical health, as well as your work-life balance. If you’re looking to start working from home, Kaeser & Blair offers an opportunity that is perfect for anyone with a strong work ethic and a desire to be their own boss. With our Business Owner program, you can launch your very own business and start seeing the benefits of working from home today. Ready to get started? Click here to learn more about how you can become a successful entrepreneur with Kaeser & Blair!