The landscape of work has come a long way in the last decade, and one of the most memorable changes is the shift to working remotely. According to View Pointe, roughly 60% of remote workers said that they would move to a full-time remote position with the same pay rate as their current position if they could. Clearly, remote work is becoming many people’s first choice. Here are five positive impacts that remote work has on our health.

1. You Can Develop Healthier Habits

Thanks to remote work, it has become possible for many people to develop healthier habits. These include exercising more often, given that there’s time to do so that may not have been available when commuting to and from work on a daily basis. It also becomes possible to eat healthier meals as you can get time to prepare your own meals if you want to. You won’t be forced to eat takeout which may not meet your health requirements anymore when you work just a few steps away from your own kitchen!

2. You Experience Less Stress and Anxiety

Working with a team is not everyone’s piece of cake, so it goes without saying that many people experience stress and anxiety when they have to go to work in an office alongside other people. With remote work, this does not have to be an issue as you simply need to show up online. While there may be video meetings and presentations, it’s a lot more hands-off than a physical meeting would be. With this in mind, there’s a likelihood you may find it easier to get a job in a number of fields. For instance, 76% of businesses are planning on long-term IT changes due to COVID-19. This may create more employment, a large chunk of which may be remote.

3. There’s a Better Work-Life Balance

When you work remotely, you save the time you would have had to spend commuting to and from a physical location. This leaves you with more time to spend with your friends and family, doing things that you all enjoy doing. You no longer have to miss important milestones of your kids as they grow up, and this is a definite advantage for any parent. It’s easier to plan your life and put work in one compartment and social activities in another one for better management and without either one suffering.

4. There Are More and Better Opportunities Available

As one doesn’t have to physically be in a certain area in order to work remotely, it has become easier for people to access more opportunities than were previously available. This has also more or less helped to even the field for qualified people of all genders. In the high-tech executive category, for example, roughly 80% are men while 20% are women. This may be a result of different responsibilities that men and women have on the family front. With the ability to work from home, it may become easier for more women to break into this category than ever before.

5. You Can Sleep Better

Finally, as a remote employee, you can enjoy better quality and longer hours of sleep. This is because the longest distance you may have to travel for work could be from your bedroom to your home office or a nearby working area in your neighborhood. This leaves you ample time to prepare for work and for sleep as you see fit, without having to factor in time spent on commuting, finding parking spaces, and so on. Better sleep will help you stay in both the long and short term, and for both your mental and physical health.

From the health benefits outlined above, it’s clear to see that remote work is the future for most businesses and individuals. This should motivate you to apply for more remote positions if you believe it can impact your overall health and wellbeing.