Working from home has become the new and increasingly acceptable option after the emergence of COVID-19. The pandemic which hit the world in 2019 from Wuhan, China led to the acceptance of remote jobs in almost every part of the world.
The nature of transmission of the virus led to the shut down of organizations and forced the world to take a rest. When the world takes a rest, what do you think will happen to human lives? People will definitely die off.
Definitely, humans can’t stop feeding and with everyone being at home, food consumption will rise to its peak. Another question arises, how will people get money to buy food if they don’t work? The answer to that question is working from home.
Working from home proffered a solution to money for food. Many organizations that could run on the internet required their workers to work from home, thereby, keeping the organization running and not folding up.
It’s general knowledge that what has an advantage has a disadvantage. This raises another question, is working from home a healthy option?
Is Working From Home A Healthy Option?
To determine if it is a healthy option, we have to first understand what working from home is all about.
Working from home is just what it means “to work from home”. It is also called a Remote Job. It means that your workplace is your home irrespective of where it is. There won’t be any commute to work nor will there be any coming back from it. No office drama.
While some popular office drama has been taken away, other kinds of drama will come up. A different kind of distraction and issues. Some other distractions like child disturbance for those with kids, working overtime, sitting at one spot for the whole day, not eating well, etc.
To answer the question, working from home can either be healthy or not healthy depending on the individual. What makes it healthy is the efforts that the individual puts in to ensure that there is a balance between work and life.
A Guide For Working From Home
Working from home has a lot of distractions that it comes with. It is quite easier to have an imbalance in work and life because there seems to be a heightened blurring of the line between the two. Hence, there is a great need for a guide. Below are some guides:
Owning the necessary gadgets
Set up a working place
Set up a workable schedule
A good internet service
Plan ways to connect with people and keep in touch with reality
How To Relax When Working From Home
As part of being able to strike a balance between work and life, relaxation is very important.
When you relax you:
refresh and reboot yourself.
have an increased level of productivity
can catch up with friends
These and more are some benefits you get from relaxing while working from home. It, therefore, leads us to how we can relax.
Relaxation means different things to different people. How Mr. A relaxes is different from how Mr. B relaxes. Therefore, this will be like a broad list. You can determine what works for you.
Hanging out with friends
Playing video games
Going to the cinema
Taking a walk
Getting a massage
Going for shopping
Listening to music
How a person relaxes could be a combination of different things. It could be a combination of listening to music and sleeping. Whatever works best for you. Remember to first plan out the time for relaxation.
In conclusion, work is important; relaxation is important, but it is best to strike a balance between the two of them. An imbalance will either lead to becoming a workaholic or becoming nonchalant about your work.
The importance of planning cannot be overemphasized. Proper planning is an important part of a workable work-life balance. Plan the time for relaxation and try to stick to the plan. Always keep in mind that the outcome or result you get from working from home is dependent on the individual.
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