Last Updated on February 5, 2021 by George
working from home
More and more countries recommend social distancing to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) and work from home.
Many businesses are required to allow their employees to work from home. All employees had to adjust to new ways of living and working from home.
Most companies see this setup as something temporary, and they expect to get their operations back to their offices in the future.
However, you might have had an epiphany and realised that this is something you can and would want to do for a long time.
Some of us can enjoy some perks working from home. ( not commuting !) . But some employees can also feel bored, anxiety, stress, and uncertainty are also entirely normal.
Some simple tips can help you while working at home
to feel more productive and take care of your mental health in these difficult times.
Without regular schedules, the lines between work and personal time can worsen and be stressful to get right.
Follow your regular sleep and work patterns if you can, and stay consistent.
Get up at the same time, eat your breakfast and get out of your onesies and pyjamas. Try scheduling in your “commute time” and spend it exercising, reading or listening to music before logging in.
Most importantly, set boundaries with work. When your workday stops, you must stop working.
It’s easier to stay logged on when your home is your office, Shut down, stop checking social media, and emails.
And enjoy time with family and home-life. And at the end of the day, try to get to bed at your usual time.
Make a dedicated personal workspace
If you can, find a room that’s warmer or has a window that lets in a lot of light.
A peaceful space away from children family members, If possible?. And distractions like the TV (or the kitchen, when you feel snacky).
Prepare everything you need before you start work. Pens, and paper also a mobile phone charger.
And anything else you may need – and closed the door when working at home. Even in a small or shared space, if you can try to designate an area for work.
Are you trying to be perfect?
Working at home can make us feel like we have to be available all the time. Give yourself a break, just being “present” is no use to anyone if your mental health is suffering.
Making time for breaks is essential to help manage stress – try to take lunch and regular computer—screen breaks. Give yourself time to concentrate on something else, so you feel more focused when you return.
Even just 10 to 15 minutes of short breaks each hour can help your productivity too.
If possible, set a time to go for a walk, run or bike ride for some fresh air, or a coffee break – make sure you follow social distancing guidance when outside your home.
Working on a laptop all-day means, you might be spending a lot more time without moving.
So if you’re feeling stiff or tense, try doing some 5-minute gentle exercise, with some stretching.
If not, this can be harmful to your back, shoulders and overall wellbeing.
Stay in touch with your coworkers
While working from home has its benefits, you may also feel more alone. There are ways to stay in touch with your coworkers, help – boost their mental wellbeing and our own.
Therefore socialising in and out of work, its what, people do.
Social interaction matters.
Make time to socialise virtually, call and pick up the phone instead of emailing. Schedule in a digital coffee break or Friday online get-together.
Calling up colleagues, friend or organising a virtual get-together can be the little boost you didn’t know you needed.
Your colleagues probably feel the same as you. Ask how they’re doing and whether there are ways you can support each other.
Working from home boundaries
Setting boundaries with other members of your family is key to mental wellbeing while working at home.
But it can also be problematic if there are other distractions to deal with, like children and partner. At home, who may think you are on a break. and want to spend time with you.
Explain your needs, especially with family. Please remind your children you are not on holiday, that you still have work to do and need quiet time to do it and share your schedule.
Look after yourself
Remember, this is an unprecedented situation, and things will not feel normal for a long time.
Be reasonable and acknowledge that you might not be as productive as you usually would be.
Be realistic about what you can achieve, given the unprecedented circumstances, and relax, when you are, Finish—working from home.