When working from home, the line between your personal and professional life can become increasingly blurred, which can make it difficult to “turn off” and relax. To maintain your emotional and physical well-being while practicing social distancing, here are some tips to keep your two worlds balanced.
Try to Disconnect
Keep your work tools out of areas where you do your lounging. This means leaving your laptop and work phone in your office. Disconnecting is essential for several reasons. Not only can it help us appreciate the present moment but keeping up with current events can be exhausting. In the case of COVID-19, we are bombarded all day every day with breaking news of the rapid spread. Although staying up to date is important, obsessing over what is happening in the word can be stressful and could have detrimental impacts on our well-being. Although staying connected to friends and family is important, especially during times of isolation and social distancing, make sure that you are tuning out each day and dedicating parts of the day to yourself. This could mean writing in your journal, going for a walk, or listening to music.
Nourish Your Body
Studies have shown that healthy food is not only greatly beneficial to our happiness but also to our productivity. When working from home, have several nutritious options available. Remember to hydrate and drink water regularly. Making yourself a healthy and sustaining lunch can be a nice break in your workday. Re-fueling and replenishing your body is essential to be able to think clearly, and work efficiently and effectively. Proper nutrition can help eliminate ‘brain fog’, supports a strong immune system, and promotes a healthy mindset.
Move Your Body
Like nourishing food, exercise has been proven to improve mental wellness and quality work. During breaks, or even before or after work, go for a run, cycle, or brisk walk – your body and mind will thank you. 30 mins of exercise each day plays a significant role in reducing stress levels, improving memory, and aiding brain function. All these components allow you to think more clearly and accomplish your workday goals more effectively. Furthermore, getting outside for some exercise and fresh air is a great way to break up your workday and reset.
Keep in Touch
When working at home and away from your coworkers, it can get a bit lonely and have negative impacts on your mental health. While the solution to this in pandemic-free circumstances would be to go out to meet friends, during this time, try to connect with loved ones via video chat regularly. It might also be useful to explore various interactive apps that allow you to interact with your friends and family virtually, such as Netflix Party which allows you to watch and discuss a show or movie with your friends in various locations. Several board games, such as Scrabble, also have their own apps through which you can play your favorite games online with your friends in real-time. Although not as social as meeting in-person, these are viable options while we are all practicing social distancing and are a great way to stay connected with those you care about.