Signs to detect if teleworking is affecting your physical and mental well-being


Tiredness, anxiety, saturation and even sadness that sometimes floods us can be caused by the hours we spend in front of the computer teleworking. And it is that this Covid pandemic has changed our lives completely and there are many professionals who continue to carry out their work from case, which makes them not disconnect when they finish their workday. It is very important that this does not affect your physical and mental well-being, so you have to be aware of how much teleworking is affected in your life.

To prevent the occurrence of these problems, Cigna’s medical department has identified some signs that can help detect whether teleworking is beginning to affect physical and mental well-being:

Difficulty disconnecting from work obligations.

The increased use of new technologies and the fact that many people have moved to have the office at home has made it more difficult to disconnect from work after hours. If you do not get enough rest and escape from business-related issues, you could experience what is known as ‘burn out’ or professional burnout, especially harmful to mental health.

Involuntary increase in working hours.

For teleworking to work, it is essential to find a way to organize and self-manage efficiently and productively. If this is not achieved, there is a risk of falling into an overload of work, an involuntary increase in the working day and, therefore, the feeling of feeling overwhelmed and frustrated for not complying with what the company asks for.

Greater sense of isolation.

Day-to-day socialization with other colleagues and supervisors has been reduced. In the case of those who live alone, this decrease in direct contact with others could lead to feelings of isolation or, worse, loneliness; an emotion that, in the long term, can manifest itself both physically and psychologically, and which, in turn, can lead to increased levels of stress and anxiety.

Lower mental speed and concentration.

The accumulation of negative thoughts and stressful situations is not positive for the mind. The reason is that, when under stress, we are not able to take control or bring order to our thoughts. In addition, it must also be taken into account that body and brain go hand in hand, so having an inadequate level of mobility will also cause a worse blood flow. This, among other things, impairs brain activity, which results in lower intellectual performance, especially with regard to memory and attention.

Musculoskeletal pain.

From a physical perspective, sitting for several hours without combining it with any form of physical activity could also cause your lower back to strain unnecessarily. This is also compounded by the inadequate ergonomics of the workplace: uncomfortable chairs, tables with little space, performing work tasks sitting on the sofa or lying on the bed, the computer in a bad position, poor lighting … All these elements cause poor posture that can lead to muscle aches and contractures.

Weight gain.

In the same way, waking up and sitting down immediately at the computer without having to travel to the workplace causes little caloric expenditure. If you add to this emotional hunger, caused by the current feeling of isolation, loneliness, stress or uncertainty, and which leads to impulsively eating caloric and low-nutritional value foods, the risk of gaining weight is much higher.

Problems in night rest.

Being in a state of tension causes you not to get enough sleep. To reverse this situation, a good solution is to do some type of physical activity, since it causes a considerable energy consumption and helps to release endorphins. However, if no effort of this type is made, there will not be that energy expenditure that transmits the need for rest to the body, and neither will the proper segregation of endorphins, hormones that directly affect our relaxation and synchronization of the body. sleep-wake cycle.

Heaviness in the legs.

Sitting for long periods of time also impairs blood circulation, especially in the legs, and causes increased fluid retention in the lower extremities. This causes heaviness, fatigue, swelling, and even pain in this part of the body.

Digestive disorders

A sedentary position throughout the working day damages, likewise, intestinal transit and the absorption of nutrients, causing poor digestion and producing diarrhea or constipation.

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