Protect your mental health as you adjust to a new routine
Working from home can be an uncomfortable change in lifestyle, so it’s important you don’t neglect your mental health as you adjust to your new routine.
Here are a few ways to stay healthy and focused when working remotely:
1. Actually get dressed
Our daily attire impacts how we act, speak and think. In fact, there have been studies showing that dressing up, or putting on work clothes, can make you feel more in control of your surroundings. How we treat ourselves (and how we treat ourselves in our home environment) can have a subtle, yet powerful, impact on our self-esteem.
2. Soak up that fresh air
Rain or shine, spending time outdoors can lower stress, anxiety and even blood pressure! Try getting outside first thing in the morning and take frequent breaks throughout your day. If you can, leave your phone inside your home, or at least in your pocket to get away from the news and focus on your self-care instead.
3. Plan and prep
Just as if you were going to the office, plan and prepare for your day.
4. Create boundaries
Boundaries give you the ability to balance work and home, creating necessary distance between the two.
5. Give that brain a break
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and unproductive, try adopting brain breaks.
Brain breaks increase creativity by increasing oxygen flow to the brain during the day. To do this:
6. Connect from afar
Do not let distance keep you from connecting with your coworkers. Find ways to create your own virtual watercooler!
7. Plan, prioritize and recognize
Knowing how much time we spend at work, it is no surprise that a sudden shift to a new working environment may feel like a drastic life change. Planning ahead, prioritizing and recognizing your mental health needs will help to find better work (from home)-life balance, regardless of where you are.