Looking after your wellbeing while working from home
Many of us have not been able to resume back to our normal lives, where our companies have changed their policies and have instructed us to work from home.
In the beginning, this news was probably seen as an exciting novelty, where you were able to try new things such as sleeping in on a weekday! Or treating yourself to hearty breakfast as you no longer must spend time travelling to work. Or trying new lunch recipes, perhaps?
After a few days go by, then week and months, your excitement for working from home declines as you begin to miss your work colleagues, miss having face-to-face interaction or miss feeling part of a team. You may start to experience feelings of loneliness, stress, or anxiety. Knowing how to handle or prevent these emotions is crucial for your wellbeing.
Here are three tips that can help your wellbeing while working from home
Humans are creatures of habit, and the forced change in your routine can make you feel uneasy; therefore, it is important to establish a routine. Try not to disrupt your normal sleep pattern, maintaining the same sleeping pattern will stop you from feeling groggy in the morning. Wake up at your normal time and use the time that you would “commute to work” to eat a healthy breakfast, read, exercise mindfulness, or listen to music. By doing so, you are setting a positive mindset before starting work.
It is important to associate your living room or bedroom as a place where you can wind down and not a place of work.
Find a place in your home that you make your designated workspace; this will help with eliminating distractions and preparing your mindset to be productive.
Now that you are working from home, it can be easy to blur the line between working hours and "you" time. Make sure you switch off the laptop once the working day is over, and enjoy time with your family.