Why Working From Home Benefits Your Health Oct 17, 2016 by Sarah (Day Styles)
For many of us sitting behind a desk for eight hours, we fantasize about what it would be like to be able to work from the comfort of our own homes. If you want to stay home and work in your “office pajamas,” you may be in luck! A lot of companies are now considering working from home as a health benefit! Many employers no longer think of working from home as an excuse to relax. Instead, they have found that their employees are more productive when they are given the freedom to work from home occasionally. Here are some specific reasons why working from home could benefit your overall heath.
You’ll Make Better Food Choices
When you’re at home, you’re more prone to eating the healthy foods that you have in your fridge, as opposed to eating out. This not only has significant impacts on your health (and your waist), but it also has a huge impact on your wallet! The amount of money that you spend on food and coffee while at work could be your entire grocery budget for the week, and when you can’t choose fast food then your health and your weight can improve drastically. Working from home makes it easier to manage your diet and take control of your health: there’s no need to rush in the morning or struggle to prepare the right meals. Just grab the fruits and veggies you need right out of your fridge!
You’ll Have More Time To Take Care of Yourself
How much easier would it be to schedule and actually GO to your doctor’s when you can work around your appointment? When you have the freedom to look after yourself, you’ll be more inclined to do so because it doesn’t seem like punishment - either losing time for work or losing money. It’s easy for people who work from home to manage their schedules, including the doctor, dentist, and optometrist. It’s not hard to work a little later in the night when you’re already home. You can finally go the dentist and get that cavity check out. (Shudder!)
You Won’t Catch The Office Cold
The office can easily become an incubator for the common cold, seasonal flu, and other nasty bugs! It’s as easy as sharing a pen or sharing a stapler before the entire office is coughing and sneezing on each other. By working from home, you avoid touching other people’s supplies, you avoid being in a shared space where people are potentially spreading germs, and you don’t have to touch common viral vectors like door knobs and elevator buttons. A lot of people also don’t stay home from work when they get sick (because they don’t feel like they can afford a sick day, and that’s a serious problem that employers should consider). That means you might get sick next! But if you can work from home, not only can you take the day if you’re feeling under the weather, you can avoid the office cold altogether.
Working from home is becoming ever more popular. Maybe you have children, pets, hate your coworkers, or just want more flexibility in your job! Thankfully, working from home can be healthier, more relaxing, and more productive - that’s the best argument for “office pajamas” we’ve ever heard.