Workplace loneliness is a real problem. For 45 hours a week I feel isolated

Show 25 25 50 All. Travel agents are experts in a subject that is always of interest to the public. She is the co-founder of Healthgist. It might take you a while to find the combination that suits you best, but will pay dividends in many ways. But still, something is missing. I need to be around people I can bounce ideas off of and learn from. For a small investment, I now have a beautiful workspace that is also a place where I can have the interactions I need to be happy.

While you’re at, start responding to the other people you follow on social media and build stronger relationships with those in your network. (Stuck on how to use Twitter effectively? Read this.) Work outside the house. As I write this, I’m actually working away at a Starbucks near my house.

If there are none, you can start one. Here is another library tip: It was rumored that with all the remote meeting capabilities cropping up daily, that there would not be a need for industry events. This has not been the case. The reality is that technology emphasized our need for human interactions even more. You get to connect with peers, mentors, customers, and vendors at industry live events which go a long way in minimizing the isolation of working by yourself.

Your local chamber of commerce and the many programs they put out can help you get the necessary camaraderie you crave, but if you find this setting too stiff, or too overwhelming for you, try out any one of these alternatives;.

If you struggle with the loneliness and isolation of working from home, try any one of these pointers and see if you feel better. She is the co-founder of Healthgist. I am still in a huge corporate company, but the team is all over the united states.

I think I am developing depression. Just pure misery for me. Social isolation is one of the biggest complaints from remote workers. Can you break free for lunch with a friend? Or can you get away for an exercise class? I do yoga three times a week outside the home which gives a good dose of interaction and stress reduction.

I also Skype regularly with colleagues. Socializing is important in order to at least keep your sanity when you work from home. I had the same problem and working from a coffee shop or in a shared co-working space really helped me! Love the idea of going back to the library. Great idea and this reminds me a lot of myself in the past. Your email address will not be published.

Good luck, I hope things turn around for you. Working alone is great for concentration in short bursts, but if there is no relief from the thoughts in your own head, it can quickly become demoralising.

The trouble is that the process is an insidious one and can creep up without you noticing until suddenly you feel demotivated and out of sorts for no apparent reason. The problem is compounded by the fact that home workers talk freely enough about what they do, but not very much about how they do it. It's understandable — you're not going to go to a networking event and chat to a complete stranger about your struggles with procrastination and how you think you might be going quietly mad in the back bedroom.

From the perspective of the home office, it can look as though everyone else is hugely successful and thriving while you are the only one struggling.

It's natural that you compare yourself with others, but when you're not working alongside other people, the picture is distorted and you see only the public success — new clients, publication of a book, an award or honour — and none of the struggle and the failures.

You are, however, all too aware of the bumps in the road in your own life. Ironically social media, which does so much to help home workers feel connected, can also make you feel quite inadequate.

The danger here is not only that you make yourself miserable but succumb to something I've heard called 'small fish syndrome'. You unconsciously start to feel you have less to offer in comparison with competitors and limit the scope of what you're doing, sticking with work that doesn't take you out of your comfort zone or charging less than you could. The end results on potential and income are obvious.

So, over the many years I've been working from home, I've come to believe that the most important priority is to plan in your diary, every week, the contact you need with other people and the outside world. I know you're probably thinking "But I don't have time for that, I have to get my work done".

My answer is that all too often we limit ourselves to the home office, believing we are being more productive when in fact we're wasting time fretting about upcoming tasks and not focusing. Getting out brings all kinds of benefits — fresh perspective, new ideas and a renewed passion for what we do. Make business calls first thing in the morning so you're immediately hooked into life outside the house. It can also help you plan priorities for the day.

Sometimes you might want a chat with friends or family, but take care that you're not encouraging them to ring you during the working day when it could be a distraction.

Use it to catch up with contacts as well as for business, with the same proviso as above. A brilliant way to connect with likeminded people all over the world, but do use it in a disciplined way with an goal in mind and log off when you need to concentrate. Get out of the house: Do it at least once a day, even if it's just a walk to the shops, and enjoy the time out instead of rushing back.

Overcoming the Isolation of Working at Home by Stephanie Lee / January 21, Guest columnist Stephanie Lee of Host Agency Reviews writes a monthly column on issues faced by travel agents who work from home and other entrepreneurs in travel. The Work at Home Woman. Hi, I'm Holly. I help women and moms find remote jobs, careers, and home-based businesses that feed their souls. If you're looking to work from home, this is the blog for you. Working from home has many benefits, but let's face it, considerable challenges also. The most dangerous of which I believe is the possibility of becoming isolated. Human beings are social creatures.