Many of us, especially those that are new to remote working, find ourselves dealing with feelings of confinement, stress, and uncertainty of the unknown. The sudden transition into a routine consisting of countless hours spent inside our homes leaves us all with a bit of escapism mentality. To keep from going “stir-crazy” in the absence of our ability to partake in the daily activities we’re normally accustomed to, here are a few ways to keep anxiety levels low (and stay sane) while working from home.
Make Your Space Your Own Creating a positive and comfortable work environment is crucial for remote working success. As nice as it may seem to keep to the couch, staying in your pajamas all day, with your laptop on your chest, these habits are a quick way to kick your motivation to the curb.
The best way to stay positive and productive from home is to create a constructive area that feels cozy and inspiring. For some, that might mean bringing in some greenery (you can even have it delivered monthly if you like!), for another, it might be decorating with your favorite sports team memorabilia (like our Marketing Associate, Zac, has done), reminding you of good times ahead when this is behind us.
In any case, find a quiet area of your home with a proper workspace and a stimulating atmosphere that will keep your mood up, and keep you from making another run to the fridge.
Clear your Head It’s important to give your brain a break from staring at a screen all day, which can quickly become habit without live meetings or lunchtime errands to run. Getting outside and enjoying some fresh air can be a great way to clear your mind during the workday and give your mind and body a change of scenery.
Just because we’re practicing social distancing doesn’t mean we can’t get out of the house. Whether it be a walk around the block or a hike on a local trail, getting out and moving can help you stay active and your mind refreshed.
If you’re looking for the best trails in your area, check out the AllTrails app on the App Store. The app lets you discover over 100,000 trails and helps you narrow down the best spots in your area.
Spend Time with Family Ironically, working from home can wind up resulting in less time spent with our loved ones, because we’re always “on”.
With more time at the house than ever, there’s never been a better time than now to enjoy the little things and spend more time with our families (furry family members included)!
Now that kids are taking classes at home and non-essential workers are working remotely, turning the ‘home office’ into an interactive and collaborative environment can allow us to reconnect to those closest to us, while all staying productive.
Stick to a Schedule So much time spent home with no real concrete plans can often lead to development of less-than-awesome habits. With nowhere to be and less scheduled activities to look forward to, it’s easier than ever to sleep in, adopt poor eating habits, and let regular exercise go by the wayside – all of which are not helpful for our mental health.
Setting and following a routine each day can help keep you from falling out of sync. Set an alarm and have a plan for each day, making sure to include a few personal tasks along with any work tasks that need to be accomplished. This will help you stay motivated in the short term and maintain that sense of routine for when we return to normalcy.
If organization and scheduling isn’t your thing, there are plenty of tools to keep you on track. The app TimeTree, available in the app store, is one of the best. The app allows you to keep a color-coded schedule each day, set reminders that automatically notify you, and even share your schedule with friends and family.
Accepting this new normal has been no easy task and has weighed heavy on the mental health of many. It may seem impossible to keep yourself occupied and productive without being able to go about our typical daily lives but we hope that putting these tips into action will help you make quarantine more enjoyable.
If you’d like to share other ideas that have worked for you, we’d love to hear them! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or message us on social. Stay well!
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