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Working From Your Bed Could Actually Be Really Good For You, Expert Claims

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Working From Your Bed Could Actually Be Really Good For You, Expert Claims

In these rather unusual Covid-19 times, many of us have swapped our offices for our bedrooms and our desk chairs for our mattresses.

Whether you're working from bed because you don't have a desk to sit at, or simply because it's the comfiest option, it's easy to beat yourself up for lounging under a duvet as you go about your day.

"Working from bed can't be good for your mental health," your housemates might say, with a look of concern.

But, guess what? Experts are now suggesting that working from bed might actually benefit some people who suffer from anxiety.

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*Coughs* We hate to say we told you so...

We've been doing this since lockdown one... (Credit: Pexels)
We've been doing this since lockdown one... (Credit: Pexels)

In an investigation conducted by OTTY Sleep, Counsellor Kerry Quigley, who is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, said: "Working from the comfort of your bed can feel like a safe calming space, particularly when anxiety is an issue.

"It can eliminate stressors such as commuting, distractions and workplace politics. The removal of these stressors and the autonomy to structure your day, enables better time management, increasing productivity and improving job satisfaction."

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This comes after a study from OTTY found that a quarter of Brits are struggling to cope with mental challenges of loneliness and isolation from colleagues, with 30 per cent finding it difficult separating their home lives from their work lives.

The bedroom is the new office (Credit: Pexels)
The bedroom is the new office (Credit: Pexels)

While Quigley accepts that working from bed might be the best option for many, she advises bed dwellers to "incorporate exercise, regular breaks, and social interaction", where possible, into their daily routine.

"For some people, listening to background music can help with concentration," she adds.

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This is because - as Chiropractor Paul McCrossin, President of the United Chiropractic Association stresses - spending too much time in bed can impact your mental and physical health negatively, too, if you're not careful.

Working from bed could benefit your mental health (Credit: Unsplash)
Working from bed could benefit your mental health (Credit: Unsplash)

Without taking precautions, those who prefer to work from their bed can easily suffer from "stiffness, loss of physical conditioning, pain, fatigue and poor concentration," even if their new work environment is helping their mental health.

Essentially, it's all about balance. Enjoy your snuggly new work environment, but make sure you go for a walk, too.

Featured Image Credit: Pexels

Topics: Mental Health, health news, Health

Joanna Freedman
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