There are plenty of things in the quintessential office environment with the power to drive a person crazy. Annoying coworkers, bad bosses, that thief who won’t stop stealing your food from the office fridge (don’t they see your name on the label?!).
But for the mobile worker, freelancer or entrepreneur, these office annoyances are often taken for granted. When you’re working from home every day, you begin to miss the things that office workers consider the very bane of their existence.
That’s not to say that some quality “alone time” with your cats is a bad thing. But if you’re relying on your pet to fill the void of actual coworkers, you may be doing a disservice to your career and your mental health.
According to research, socialization is vital for a well-rounded life. In fact, lonely people are 50 percent more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships.
But even if “all I need is me, myself and my dog” is your current mentality, that’s OK. It’s never too late to make the switch to a more social, livelier you. Coworking spaces are helping thousands of independent workers bridge the gap between freedom and the typical office environment.
Here are a few reasons why coworking spots are good for your mental health.
Getting up is hard to do.
The science is in and it’s clear: sitting is bad for your health. It can be all too easy to fall into a rut when you’re working from home, day in and day out. From spending your days in pajamas to wondering if that old container of leftovers can still be salvaged for one last meal, spending too much time at home away from civilization can lead to some pretty gross things when you’re left to your own devices.
Coworking spaces are the ideal spot to post up, walk around a little, and feed off of the creativity of others. So if you’d like to put yourself together, get dolled up in your most capable-looking outfit, grab your coffee and get ready to take on the day, or at the very least…shower daily, consider how coworking can light that fire.
No new friends?
Finding friends during adulthood is hard, but you’re even more unlikely to find them if you’re shut in your house all day. While we don’t advocate cruising your nearest coworking space in a desperate search for a BFF, all we’re saying is: the friendships being built at coworking spaces are changing lives every day.
If you’re hoping to find a new pal to play with, it’s not going to happen at home or at the nearest Starbucks. The only way to lock down your next great friend, teammate or business partner is to meet them first, and whether that’s through one of our networking events or just an ordinary day at the office, you’ll find that a little human interaction can go a long way in elevating your optimism and overall sense of well-being.
All Hail Happy Hour!
If you currently have a job you love, consider yourself lucky. But even the happiest workers require some downtime to operate at full-force, and at coworking spaces, that means Happy Hour. While Happy Hour was once an opportunity to meet coworkers at the local watering hole for some brews, things get done a little differently at coworking spots. Instead of driving to a bar across town, maybe you just walk a few feet to the café and grab a beer. Happy Hours are a great opportunity to kick back, let loose, and really get to know your fellow coworkers on a level outside of the constraints of your 8-5 job.
Not a big drinker?
Not to worry.
Sometimes we carry Kombucha, too.
A melding of the minds.
If you’re a parent, there’s no doubt in your mind that your kid is brilliant. But will they be able to help you file your taxes, or give you advice about picking out a hard drive?
One of the biggest benefits of coworking — one that’s often overlooked — is the incredible melding of minds that occurs at these spaces. On any given day, you may come across an accountant, a software developer, a writer or a marketing guru. Each of these brings value in its own unique way.
When you’re working from home, it may seem like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. Joining a coworking space gives you access to all kinds of outside help from committed professionals who love what they do and, in all likelihood, want to pass it on. When you’re coworking, the long-awaited answers you’ve been seeking may finally stumble upon you. It’s then up to you to take them and run.