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Working from Home Appears to Have Negative Effect on Mental Well-Being

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My husband and I work opposite shifts so that one of us is always home with our little guy. It’s not that we’re anti babysitters or daycare, it’s just that both are so expensive. Since we don’t have any family who live even remotely close to give us a break or deal on watching our son, we’re doing what we have to do.

I wish I could say that it’s easy, but it’s not. Jay and I worked side by side for five years and that was before we even began dating. After almost a dozen years of being together all the time, it’s tough to only get a few minutes together each day. We literally only see each other for 15 minutes a day during the week, if that, and this is why we hold on to our weekends ferociously- sometimes it’s our only chance to really see each other in a whole week.

Jay has tossed around the idea of working from home so that we can have more time together as a whole family, but I have no idea how that would work with a two-year-old who is all over the place and all the time. Our boy needs to be a kid and we can’t make him be quiet all the time- something Jay would need in order to work from home.

If you’re thinking of working from home, even if you don’t have a noisy toddler, there are still some things you might want to take into consideration before making your decision.

The International Labour Organization looked at data which was gathered from 15 different nations regarding those who work at home, and what they discovered is a bit sobering.

Working from home isn’t all roses. As a matter of fact, 41% of people who work from home reported feeling some form of job stress, compared to just 25% of people who work in an office setting. office workers.

Also, 42% of people who work from home are plagued with insomnia, versus 29% of people who go into an office every day.  It seems that those who work from home have a tough time maintaining boundaries and don’t know when to stop working, which causes mental health issues.

It looks as though people who work from home struggle to set boundaries and don’t know when to put aside their work for the day, which leads to mental and physical health problems.

[via International Labour Organization]

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