The Hidden Cost of Remote Work

Loneliness shouldn’t be the price you pay for remote work freedom. 

The digital nomad lifestyle can be incredibly rewarding, and its benefits are unmatched; from freedom and flexibility to the relief from  daily commuting and other frustrations that come with a traditional desk job.

But for all its perks, constantly changing ,time zones and being away from loved ones for long periods can take a toll on emotional well-being. 

A surprising number of remote workers experience loneliness, and a 2023 study found that 39% of women and 53% of men feel lonely as a remote worker.

A recent study by The BMJ linked social isolation and loneliness to a whole host of health problems, including sleep issues, low self-esteem, and even depression. 

Although loneliness may seem like a daunting aspect of remote work, it shouldn't be a reason to oppose it. You have the power to control your experiences and emotions - loneliness does not have to be the price you pay for remote work freedom.

Identify Your Needs:

If you’ve transitioned to remote work and feel isolated, it's important to take a moment to understand your own loneliness. 

What kind of connection are you craving? Do you miss deep conversations or casual chit-chat? Are you looking for a work buddy or group interaction? Identifying your needs is crucial because everyone experiences loneliness differently.

Find Your Community: 

Now that you have identified your needs, it is time to take action and make adjustments. Community isn't just a place – it's about building relationships that meet your needs.

The Stanford Social Innovation Review defines community as: 

“Community is not a place, a building, or an organization; nor is it an exchange of information over the internet. Community is both a feeling and a set of relationships among people. People form and maintain communities to meet common needs.”

Find Community With Noma Collective:

At Noma Collective, community is at the center of everything we do. 

Above all else, we recognize th

at it’s the people who make the experience. Each Edition brings together a unique and diverse community united through values of openness, compassion and collaboration. 

You'll connect with a network of like-minded individuals, forging lifelong friendships and unlocking a world of personal and professional growth. From family dinners to co-working spaces to weekend group excursions, Noma Collective not only brings you the world, but a real community to see it with.

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