The COVID pandemic has forced the nation to become more flexible and make huge changes to their lives, including many people now working from home. Whilst at first the idea of reducing commuting time was welcomed with open arms, many people are finding that navigating working from home can be both exhausting and challenging.
Follow our tips below to stay productive and to look after your health and wellbeing when working from home.
Sense of Control
One of the fundamental changes the pandemic has forced upon us is the lack of choice when it comes to where we work which many people feel can be frustrating and even disorientating. Whilst safely following Government guidelines is paramount, there are a number of ways that you can infuse autonomy back into your days.
One of the ways to address this could be to ensure that you plan your day – as much as possible consider trying to organise your day in a way that suits you. Planning time to take a break, and more importantly to move around, will not only help to reintroduce a sense of control back into how you manage your time but will help your physical wellbeing.
It also helps to prepare your lunch the day before. This ensures that you use your mealtime to eat, and might buy you enough time to get out for some fresh air. It is also a good idea to turn off social media notifications during work hours.
Getting connected through technology can be a barrier and is often the root cause of a lot of friction. Unlike working in the office, it’s not as easy to share ideas face to face and conversations often don’t flow as naturally whilst you are camera facing in virtual meetings.
However, embrace the new ways of working and make the most of the flexibility that this offers. You are no longer tied to the same desk – perhaps consider switching your environment and see if this helps to bring a new lease of motivation.
One of the main differences that people have noticed with switching to working from home is losing the connections with those that you work with and feeling isolated. It is very likely that your network has been considerably reduced and you may be missing the social side of work. After all, human connection is an important essence of life.
But there are many ways in which you can still stay connected. Instead of emailing you could try picking up the phone and calling or arranging a video call. Remember your colleagues are likely to be feeling the same. Organise a lunchtime walk in the fresh air or a virtual coffee break?
Although all of these points are important and could help you to adjust to your new working from home regime, it is incredibly important to remember to set boundaries in order to protect your mental well being.
If you are struggling with working from home and would like more advice on how to cope with this adjustment, then please do get in touch today. Speak with one of our dedicated health professionals who can help you to navigate this new way of life.