Working from home? Here's how you can stay mentally healthy

Apr 08, 2015

While working from home offers a number of potential benefits, including flexibility, a better work-life balance and cutting out the commute, it's important to recognise possible issues and create a mentally healthy environment.

According to research from the Australian Communications and Media Authority, more than 50 per cent of Australians work remotely or outside regular work hours, with the home being the most popular location. This figure is likely to grow as technology becomes even more accessible, allowing people to stay connected wherever they are.  

However, home working brings its own challenges when it comes to staying physically and mentally healthy. Feeling isolated after only having the dog for company all day, finding yourself 'just finishing things off' at 11pm, or constantly fighting the temptation to polish off the leftover ice-cream are just some of the issues for those of us using our lounge room as an office. 

A US-based blog compiled this list of 12 tips to help you improve your overall wellbeing while working from home.

Our top five are:

  1. Set up a separate office space.
  2. Maintain a healthy work-life balance by logging your time and setting limits.
  3. Get up every hour and get out at least once a day.
  4. Choose a good chair.
  5. Keep the kitchen stocked with healthy snacks and meals.

 

Responsibilities for business owners and managers

If you manage people working remotely it is important to ensure that the principles of a mentally healthy workplace extend to any external working environment. Make sure you check that your employees have what they need to fulfil their role and be fully productive. 

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