Working from home wellbeing guide
Working from home can affect how we feel in all kinds of ways, some good, and some bad. This guide to work from home wellbeing will help you recognise signs that your wellbeing is being compromised by your homeworking situation, and walk you through some possible solutions.
By law, your employer is responsible for your physical and mental health and safety — even when you’re working from home. If you are struggling to cope, talk to your employer and, if necessary, seek advice from your GP.
Work from home wellbeing benefits
With a good routine, healthy habits, suitable ergonomic equipment and support from your employer, you may find your physical and mental wellbeing dramatically improves when you work from home.
Here are some ways working from home can improve your wellbeing:
Work from home wellbeing challenges
Working from home can be a dream lifestyle. You’re free from many of the restraints and rules set out in the typical office. No commute, no office politics, no drab corporate decor. You can spend your days in the comfort of your own home with more freedom to work in ways that you enjoy. Of course, we’re all different; we don’t all have a suitable space at home and we’re not all good at spending time alone. Every dream has a flip-side.
Do you recognise any of these work from home wellbeing challenges?
How to take care of your work from home wellbeing
The key to improving your work from home wellbeing is to take it seriously. Prioritise your wellbeing. If you don’t, you and your work will suffer. There are three key areas to consider when it comes to work from home wellbeing. Let’s take a look at what they are and what measures you can take.
Exercise, movement and stretching
Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, and a key cause of health problems such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease. Lack of exercise can also affect our moods and mental wellbeing. It doesn’t help that increasing numbers of jobs are computer-based with a basic requirement to sit down all day. You may find you’re even more inactive at home than you are in the office, because you no longer need to commute, walk up and down flights of stairs, or walk across the office to visit a co-worker.
Here are some great tips to help you remember to exercise, move and stretch more to boost your work from home wellbeing:
What you eat, how much and when can all affect your work from home wellbeing. Here are some tips for eating well to feel well:
Loneliness is a real problem when it comes to working from home. Not being surrounded by colleagues all the time means you can easily start to feel isolated and in need of real-life connection. Here are some tips to keep you in good communication while you work from home:
Your environment can easily affect how you feel. For instance, it’s not easy to be productive if the space you’re in is dark, messy, smelly, or cramped. Dedicating time and investment to create a homeworking space you love is well worth the effort. Here are some environmental factors to think about when considering your work from home wellbeing:
The equipment you use - including home office chairs, can affect how you feel — not just physically, but mentally too. Make sure you have comfortable seating, and that your workstation is set up ergonomically.
Make sure you equip yourself with suitable ergonomic products, including: