Working from home offers way more advantage than having to join the commuter throng via car, train, bus, or subway. This is especially true when it’s a glorious summer’s day or the weather forecast includes a snowstorm.
Working from home means you have freedom to set your own schedule. To smell the roses or pine boughs or the salty air of the sea. To play that music you love while you work. To notice the passing of the seasons. To feel your connection with the rhythms of life.
Working from home in its most ideal form means you are able to do what you love.
BUT, working from home also brings with it, inevitably, more solitude than you may have expected.
Depending on your own nature and personality, this can begin to cause your life to contract and feel constricted. Here are five things that signal this is happening. They also are clear evidence you need to get out more, sooner rather than later:
- Being on your own for much of the day leads to fixed habits that actually may not serve you, for you begin to rely on them as if they offered the protection of a talisman, and they don’t.
- The social media formats and emails on your computer keep you connected, but your life can be reduced to sound bytes, or x-number of characters and spaces, or half-formed and incomplete monologues.
- Your capacity for extended communication erodes without enough real human interaction.
- You begin to take everything far too seriously.
- You begin to see everything from only your own perspective.
The end result is that you may begin to stay indoors most of the time. Inertia can become the default. You can gradually begin to behave more and more like a hermit, unwilling to make the effort to go somewhere else, anywhere else. You are then, consciously or not, withdrawing from both the life beyond your four walls and the life you are meant to live.
That life you are meant to live is not the job you have wisely left or the lifestyle that no longer interests you, but it is definitely a life meant to feel connection and joy. It is a life in which you do the work you care about and take walks in Nature. It is a life in which you allow the solitude of creativity and the interaction with people whose company you enjoy.
It is a life where you exist as who you are most authentically, free of the constriction and narrow vision you may have allowed to become uppermost.
A very wise man told me something once I’ve never forgotten. He said:
Trust your heart to show you how to live.
Being in solitude is good. Interaction with other human beings is good. Going out in Nature is life-giving. ALL of these things matter.
Venturing beyond your mostly indoor life is possible without sacrificing the work that matters to you.
Check in with your heart. Listen to its message, for there always is one.
You are free no matter how you choose to live, when you act from that vibration.
Getting out more, being engaged with life, helps you remember this.