How Work-From-Home Freelancers Can Stay Healthy
Imagine having complete control of your daily schedule, not needing to slog through traffic, and working from the comfort of your own home. It’s a dream, right? Well, not entirely. While there are a lot of perks that come with working from home, it can also come with some serious health risks.
For one, you’re likely to develop an unhealthy lifestyle. Without set hours to clock in and out of, it’s easy to get caught up in your work. And when you’re at home in front of your computer throughout the day, you’re not getting the exercise your body needs. You’ll also probably snack on whatever food that’s in your pantry, which may not always be ideal for your health.
Additionally, it can sometimes feel lonely not having anyone to physically interact or socialize with. According to a study from Cornell University, remote workers face a greater risk of feeling socially and professionally isolated compared to those who work in offices.
A separate study from King’s College London suggests that the effects of loneliness is comparable to that of smoking and obesity, which can eventually lead to premature death. They also found that lonely people are twice as likely to have mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
So, how do you stay healthy as a work-from-home freelancer? Here are some tips:
Schedule Breaks For Exercise
Exercise is beneficial for everyone but even more so for work-from-home freelancers as it keeps them active as well as reduce their stress levels. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America points out that physical activities can improve alertness and concentration, allowing people to better manage their stress.
It would be advisable to sweat it out by jogging outside or hitting the gym. But in case you don’t have the time to spare for these activities, exercise at home also works. Schedule 15 to 20 minute breaks from work where you can move around and engage in some sort of physical activity. For instance, you can watch calisthenic and body weight workout videos that you can do at home.
Join Co-Working Spaces
As fun as it sounds to have your house as your office, working in a co-working space can work wonders for your wellbeing. Having people around lessens the chances of you feeling isolated and alone. It can also provide you an opportunity to network with other people and diversify your professional connections.
Set Boundaries and Limits
It takes a lot of discipline to stay motivated and productive when working at home. It also takes a lot of discipline to set boundaries and say “I’m done for the day.”
See, when you’re own home is your office, it can be hard to stop working. But it’s important for you to set a time where you stop reading emails and thinking about work. This affords you time to relax, socialize, or do things you enjoy. This helps clear your mind, allowing you to sleep well and have renewed energy for the next day.
You also want to encourage clients to respect your boundaries too, as suggested by Healthline. For example, you can tell them to contact you about work only within business hours. This way, you don’t receive messages from them when you’ve already decided to log off.
Just because you’re working at home, doesn’t mean you’re safe from falling ill. Accidents and diseases are unpredictable. With the season highs and lows you can experience as a freelancer, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. And the best way you can ensure you’re protected at any time is through a healthcare plan.
We at Maria Health have partnered with some of the country’s top health maintenance organizations (HMOs) to bring you the Adults Bundle, a combination of various healthcare plans that can help you get on top of your health.
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