For some people, working in a crowded office space is just not conducive to their physical and mental health. This doesn’t mean they can’t cope with a crowded and loud workspace. It’s just that some people simply work better independently. NAMI offers several tips for managing stress in the work space but for some folks, all the tips in the world aren’t enough to ensure comfort at work. Therefore, it’s necessary to talk about the importance of proper insurance.
These days, you can’t just walk into a doctor’s office unless serious reasons are given and the resources available at community and free clinics are severely limited. This means that you need to make sure that you have good insurance and, if one of the reasons you left a public work-space was mental health related, then the plan you choose must allow you to see a counselor or therapist.
If you are a traditional employee who happens to telecommute, make sure the company’s benefits program covers you. If you left a structured workplace to go freelance or to set up your own business, USH Advisors recommends working with a provider that will offer extra incentives in addition to basic mental and physical care. Things like discounted travel, savings on groceries, etc are all helpful when you are on an entrepreneur’s budget.
Yes, one of the reasons you left your old job to telecommute or go freelance was probably your co-workers and your feelings about them. Working at home provides you with a people-less and stress-free oasis in which to focus and not have to worry about office politics or awkward small talk. It’s also important, if you are a company’s employee, that you have regular interaction with the other people who work there. Employees of USH Advisors, for example, have spoken about the many training sessions and conference calls that help them feel connected to their teams and managers. No, hanging out on Twitter or Reddit does not count.
Make some time, every day, for a trip into the outside world. Go out for lunch. Walk around the block. Go to the library. It’s easy, when you work from home, to toss caution to the wind and spend every day working from your bed on your laptop. Indulge in this for a week or so when you first start out. Then set up a schedule for yourself. Yes, you can work whenever you want, but working from home lends itself naturally to lounging. To counteract this, set up a standing or even a treadmill desk for yourself. This way, if nothing else, you will still spend part of your day on your feet. It is important that you engage in regular actual exercise.
These things are all important if you want to have a successful time working from home. Remember: you still have to work, after all. Taking care of your mental and physical health gives you the vitality and stamina you need to focus on working well in the face of all of the distractions that abound when you work from home.