I’ve always worked from home. I’ve never had to be in any one specific place for a job. And, honestly, I actually think this lifestyle contributes a lot to my happiness. I’ve been able to work from China, while I was there for a friend’s wedding. I work in airports. I can visit my family anytime, so long as I have my laptop and my mom gives me enough space to work (she usually wants to know when I’ll be done so we can go shopping or to the beach). That is one side of working from home—you can work wherever, really. But the other side of it isn’t as glamorous. Most of the time, I’m not working from some exotic location. I am truly just…working from home. I’m not always people watching from a charming café in Europe or taking in a view of an ocean from a balcony. Working from home can be lonely and, since humans evolved to be social, that can be a problem. Here is how to stop working from home making you depressed.
Work on the balcony
When the weather is nice, consider working on your balcony. You can set up a little desk and chair, and hear the sounds of friends power walking by, moms and babies in strollers, dogs barking, and the world going on about its day. This simple soundtrack can help you feel more connected to the world.