In my spare time, I run an online trauma community support group.
I like to talk to individuals about to their own experiences with trauma, and to understand the common threads that connect us all.
One of the things I’ve noticed overtime is similar opinion regarding traditional jobs. Many traumatized folks can’t seem to hold down a regular nine-to-five position. It is too overwhelming to keep their brains organized and their lives functional when a major corporation is demanding set commitments from them. Further, many trauma sufferers don’t do well in toxic industrial environments. In fact, we all seem to prefer working from home. Of course, working from home isn’t always a walk in the park. I can tell you, there are some unexpected costs that come from working remotely. Namely, my energy bills have been through the roof for the past few months. Ever since I started working from home, I’ve noticed that to my monthly utility bills are always higher than before. Every month it seems like I’m dishing out more cash to the electrical company. I couldn’t figure out what this additional utility expense was, until I realized exactly how often I was operating my indoor air temperature control equipment. Since I’m staying home all day long, I also need to utilize my indoor air quality appliances more often. I can’t turn off my thermostat and leave for the day, so I have to keep the indoor air quality control plan operational 24/7. As you can imagine, this is a massive increase in my energy expenditure. I might be saving myself a lot of grief by working from home, but I need to resolve my issues with the energy company.