Some may consider working from home gives you greater chances to add balance between home and the office, especially those with children. Not having to commute to work is a blessing all in itself. Before leaving my profession as a VOIP System Design Specialist, I spent three to four hours of my day in traffic, most days more from MD to VA. Spending that time with family meant the world to me when I started working from home. I was more productive because I didn't have constant interruptions from coworkers. I saved money from gas, eating out for lunch, even a little on clothes (just a little), but the biggest was peace of mind! The one thing that was a downfall for me was I struggled more with the concept of unplugging and ending my work day. There was no separation or badly for me.
As an Esthetician and Massage Therapist, my clients seem to have some of the same struggles, unplugging and ending their day, but mostly taking a break to stand and stretch, or just walking away from the computer screen to rest eyes.
They are surprised by the stress they feel once the novelty of working from home wears off and challenges become more apparent. While their stressor may not be the same as long commute times or the feeling of constant interruptions, it can still take a toll.
It surprised me that according to research, those who work from home tend to report high levels of stress, lack of a good nights sleep and reported a blur when it comes to work and personal life boundaries.
Ironically, most of my clients say they aren't sleeping as well because of headaches, blurred vision, tension in shoulders, lower back pain, pain in glutes, and not to mention lack of circulation in their legs!
Working from home can provide a sense of flexibility and freedom, if you're practicing self-care by getting proper rest, performing a daily routine and structuring your day, it may help you stay connected to yourself and better understand what you need in terms of work-life balance.
At Katura Day Spa, we offer services to help relieve those stressors with Facial and Massage Services. We also accept HSA/FSA as an option of payment for services. Let us know how we can help you best take care of yourself and meet your needs.