Working from home may sound like fun, but it can make for a pretty lonely existence, says a Canterbury consultant.
Digital Marketing Consultant Sam Frost began his first stint working from home in 2014.
It seemed like an ideal situation in the beginning. With his desk set up in his bedroom, he could roll out of bed and begin working.
“My health suffered for it and now I’m a lot more conscious about what I do,” he says.
Sam struggled to find a healthy balance back then.
“When you go to bed at night you’re looking over at your computer and thinking about all the stuff you’ve got to do in the morning. So your sleep suffers.”
When he grew bored, he would fill the gaps by snacking on chips and sandwiches, or walk to the dairy for a coke.
“If I compare myself now, and the feeling I get and the enjoyment I get from working from home and doing what I enjoy, versus when I first tried working from home, a couple of things have changed and they’ve had a big impact on my wellbeing.”
He has made deliberate changes to his lifestyle to address his wellbeing, which is all-encompassing to Sam.
The changes to his wellbeing have been “dramatic”, thanks mostly to the dedicated home office space he now has, which separates his working and social life.
“Now I just walk out of the office and shut the door on that work and leave it in there.”