Before the pandemic, we were used to compartmentalizing and living separate lives at work and home; this is why we discourage taking home work with us. But all of that changed when we were all forced to work from home to stop the spread of COVID-19.
While working from home allows you not to worry about dressing up and driving to work, and grants you more time with the family, it also demands a lot from you. There’s the need for discipline, adequate communications with your bosses and co-workers, and the constant pressure to multitask between home chores and work deliverables.
It can be a difficult adjustment; the combination of stress, anxiety, and other strong emotions can take their toll on your mental health resulting in tiredness, irritability, lack of focus, and more.
Here are tips to help you adjust during this difficult time and boost your mental health while getting your job done at home:
Establish expectations and boundaries
Start with identifying your work area in the house. It’s essential also to follow the schedule you set as work time and leisure time. Don’t forget to introduce variety in your daily life to break the monotony.
Build a daily schedule
Juggling work and home life can be difficult; you may be feeling like you’re doing a lot, but not getting any job done. Make effective use of your time by planning out your day. Doing this would allow you to have something to look forward to during the day.
Be physically active
Since you’ll be spending most of your time sitting and typing, we advise you to break up your workflow with small periods for stretching and some physical activity.
Engage in mental activities
Remember to take breaks and allow your brain to relax by treating yourself to a webcomic or short video every now and then.
Staying sharp also helps keep you healthy and ready to face challenges in this ever-changing social landscape.
Connect with loved ones
Seize this opportunity to spend quality time with your family. Yes, work is important, but don’t forget to acknowledge your loved ones’ presence. Make sure to stay in touch with your friends via social media, phone, or video call.