- 12th February, 2020
How coworking can help your wellbeing.
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Can coworking be good for your wellbeing? It is excellent that mental health is now a topic of healthy conversation and not a taboo. Many areas of life can cause issues with our mental health, and not least is the modern way of working.
Many people are now working remotely or as solo entrepreneurs which can come with great benefits. However, the loss of the camaraderie on the daily commute or around the coffee machine can cause immense loneliness and isolation. Isolation, in turn, can affect many peoples mental wellbeing.
It’s well documented that we need 3 simple things to keep our minds healthy:
- safe sun every day
- to exercise and get a sweat on
- to be with people regularly
Unfortunately, life in 2020 doesn’t make this easy. Many daily activities made us get outside mixing with life. Today, shopping, watching films and even going to the post box can and are done from home on a computer. Life is faster, more immediate and more stressful, often leaving little time for exercise or the opportunity to get in the sun and socialise. Isolation will get worse as school children who have never know life without screens enter the adult world.
Working out what works for wellbeing
Recent trends tell us that more and more people are starting up in business or remote working. Many people entering the workforce are trying to avoid the Monday to Friday 9-5 economy and have more freedom. But is this necessarily good for our wellbeing? Although this lifestyle gives more flexibility and freedom, it can also make life more isolating.
In our discussion on this subject at Workplace, we all talked about times when we had been sad, unhappy, lonely or isolated but none of us wanted to say this was a “Mental Health” issue, we try to avoid this as the word “mental” seems to have such a stigma. However, all of these feelings do affect our mental wellbeing and can end with serious problems if they are not cared for and treated. Our discussions led us all to say that we need to take much better care of our minds, as well as our bodies.
Your environment and wellbeing
People talk lots about coworking, and how the sense of community can improve wellbeing, but we think it’s more than coworking, the environment too can benefit your mental health. Workplace offers a venue for a number of different workers to get together and form a community while they are working. This helps to form relationships that are supportive and nurturing. Since Workplace opened its doors on 2015 we have seen people join together in our yoga classes, chat about the ups and downs of business around the coffee machine, and share experiences, both business and personal.
Working in a coworking space means there are plenty of opportunities to network and meet people in other businesses who are doing similar roles. Being able to communicate, seek support and see that someone is experiencing the same challenges can take a huge weight off your shoulders.
If you are interested in this subject, it is worth following Sir Cary Cooper, the American-born psychologist and professor of Organisation Psychology and Health and Manchester Business School on Twitter (@profcarcooper). He often mentions the benefits of coworking on wellbeing and has also developed the 6 essentials of work place wellbing.
Workplace is a 5 star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester and is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station. It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from Albert Square. Full Google Directions and Location
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