I am a freelance writer and haven't worked in an office for nearly 10 years. I have had a couple of short term positions that required me to commute to a place of business, but for the most part, everything I do, I do from the comfort of my own home office.
A couple of years ago it occurred to me that I enjoyed the opportunity of quiet and downtime that other full time office workers may not have.
I don't need to commute two hours in backed up traffic. I don't need to be stressed because a coworker and I rub each other the wrong way. Any tension I feel comes from not always understanding what my client wants ... and many times, neither does the client.
Now that so many more have worked from home, even when they had to act as childcare provider and teacher while performing the same job, I hope that some of you have stopped for a moment to just breathe and learn how peaceful it can be when you aren't stuck in traffic or a noisy open office.
There are downsides to remote work, sure, but I think the ability to manage your own time makes up for much of it. You can watch the seasons change outside your own window. You get to learn the rhythms of the community you were never there to experience before. Maybe you even got out to meet your neighbors.
That sense of calm and peace helps me weather other tensions in my life much better than when I worked in an office. I have room to cope. And I think that is something important that I hope everyone found as they worked from home for the first time.
If you are an extrovert, nothing can take the place of interaction for you, but there are compensations. If you are an introvert, like me, you've been training for this your whole life.
But a little peace and quiet benefits your heart and soul in ways you can't imagine.