The U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of stress. An astounding 57% of all Americans say they frequently feel paralyzed by stress. Every year, one-third of people will see a doctor about a stress-related condition.
Our work lives are a big part of the problem. About 40% of people rate their job as very to extremely stressful. Among Millennials and Generation Z, 44% feel chronically work-stressed.
But there’s a silver lining here: An evolution in the workforce supports a lower-stress choice: coworking, which now includes 1.1 million people. Coworking is a healthy option that leads to less life stress. Here’s how.
It Provides Emotional Support
When you feel stressed, it’s important to have a social and emotional outlet. Unfortunately, social isolation is on the rise. A record number of people are working from home and/or working as solopreneurs to start their own businesses – and feeling emotionally isolated as a result.
Coworking communities offer an alternative that’s social and uplifting. When you’re having a frustrating moment, you can step away from your work and chat with coworking colleagues for an emotional pick-me-up.
In fact, the National Institutes of Health calls coworking an important source of social support for independent professionals. Coworkers feel greater performance satisfaction, even when their work is extremely stressful.
It Keeps You Moving
Coworking also busts stress by giving you a body-wide boost. Simply having less isolated time and spending more time around other people has proven health benefits: better sleep, better immune function, and lower blood pressure.
In a coworking community, you naturally move around more and take more steps every day. That’s good for your brain and body. If you can walk just 2,000 more steps per day, you can prevent weight gain and limit the impact of stress-related hormones like cortisol.
It Helps You Feel More Organized
Coworking also reduces stress by helping you keep your work life more organized. It gives you a home base, a place to really focus on work without distractions.
For someone who’s been working from home, this can come as a huge relief. Home life brings all kinds of stresses – kids, pets, deliveries, bills – that are out of sight, out of mind in a coworking environment.
It can even make you feel more motivated to get things done because you’ve eliminated so many sources of stress that used to sap your creativity. This is a huge benefit for entrepreneurs.
For example, check out the coworking story of Matt Miller of Miller Media. Coworking helped him find new focus and expand his business by leaps and bounds.
Coworking Spaces Have Healthy Amenities
Wouldn’t it be great to get out of your cubicle? Many traditional office spaces simply aren’t healthy environments. They have poor lighting, confined spaces, stale air, and depressing decor. It sure doesn’t help alleviate your stress.
By contrast, coworking communities make an effort to offer bright, warm, inspiring spaces. They provide a shared communal space, cozy rooms, and nooks where you can work, plus lots of windows and open areas. It’s very refreshing.
Don’t forget that a membership to a coworking space also offers all kinds of stress-busting amenities: water, healthy snacks, networking events, social gatherings, and more.
To see how a local coworking space can reduce your stress, tour Victory Workspace or call for more information. Victory Workspace provides a cheerful coworking community that supports great health and productivity.