5 Ways You Can Beat the Work-From-Home Blues
Converting to a home-based workplace is never easy but this year made it an absolute necessity. The coronavirus pandemic saw a global shift towards more work-from-home opportunities and lifestyles in an attempt to contain the spreading infection.
While the idea of working from a comfortable space where you have unlimited access to your loved ones, food and other amenities, many people have realized that it does come with its share of downsides.
Feeling down while working at home can get to the best of us. This low mood has a negative impact on not just our productivity but also our mental health in the long run. Here are some ways you can beat the work-from-home blues and make the most out of this changed lifestyle:
#1: Don’t overdo it
When you’re working from home, you can often lose track of time. Instead of the fixed office hours, working from home can span for as long as you want. If you’re a workaholic, this could result from you in working overtime and burning yourself out.
The best approach is to stick to your schedule and restrict your working time to your actual office hours.
#2: Choose a dedicated space and time
Sometimes the source of our work-from-home blues is a lack of attentivity and productiveness. Make the most out of your work by designating a particular place in your home as your new ‘home office’, preferably a room where you’re least likely to get distracted. You should also fix the same time for work every day to get into a healthy routine.
#3: Manage your breaks wisely
Everyone needs a break, be it in an actual office or at a home office. Once you’ve completed a task, it’s a good idea to take a break, have lunch, connect with your family, or even watch a quick episode on Netflix before you can return to work again.
#4: Keep in touch with your co-workers
If you’re missing the workplace environment, it’s a good idea to catch up with your fellow colleagues via a video conference call. This doesn’t necessarily have to be work-related!
#5: Give yourself a day off
Just like how you would take a day off from work pre-corona times, you deserve a holiday in these post-corona times as well, without the travel of course. Have a long extended weekend all to yourself without worrying about your work.
The impact on mental health is perhaps one of the least talked about issues when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic; however, it may just be one of the most common. If the quarantine and work-from-home blues have got you down.
It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about it. Now you can connect with your nearby healthcare professionals at a faster rate than ever – download Ouch for your smartphone today!