This is what remote working will make you look like in 25 years

Following the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot more of us have started regularly working from home. And while it's a great lifestyle change for many, a shocking model has certainly disputed that.
We all got used to working from home during the lockdowns — with around 27 percent of Americans continuing to do so on at least a part-time basis as of September 2022.

But, while the bed-to-desk commute is admittedly great for catching some extra Z's in the morning and achieving that perfect work-life balance, we can't help but wonder what exactly will working from home do to our health and happiness on a long-term basis?

A model developed by job search engine DirectApply shows just that and it's far worse than an unproductive Zoom meeting or dodgy internet connection.

The remote working model, who DirectApply have called Susan, is a visual representation of what remote workers will look like in 25 years.

She has bad eyesight, inflamed eyes and dark circles from looking at a computer screen all day, and a lack of physical activity has led to bad posture and weight gain.
Susan also suffers from 'repetitive typing strain' and 'tech neck' from spending too much time hunched over her computer.

Her skin is wrinkled and pasty from a lack of sunlight and a lack of Vitamin D, also from not going out as much, has caused her hair to start thinning.

She is also stressed from being isolated at work and not spending enough time interacting with other people.

Fortunately, for the millions of remote workers out there, there are things we can do to prevent ourselves ending up like poor Susan.

Psychologist, Dr Rachel M Allan, told the job search site: "Sticking to a routine that suits your life, your productivity levels and your job demands is essential to maintaining emotional health when working remotely."
Another expert, psychologist Kate Brierton, stressed the importance of building and maintaining good relationships with your colleagues, even if you don't see them face-to-face so often.

She said: "Going without human contact for long periods of time can lead to higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which raises blood pressure and has harmful effects on physical health."

And, personal trainer Joe Mitten says that getting outside for some fresh air and exercise is key to keeping on top of your health.

So, while working from home could have some nasty long-term effects, by continuing to socialise and making a concerted effort to look after yourself both physically and mentally, you can create the perfect work-life balance, no commute needed.

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