With more of us than ever working from home during the pandemic, many of us are still struggling to adapt to using our home as our place of work. With less separation between work and home, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed. In addition, not seeing our colleagues, friends and family can feel isolating. These are feelings that many of us are experiencing, but there are ways to help. Here are 5 ways that you can boost your wellbeing while working from home.
Create a Positive Workspace
Whether it is your office, living room or bedroom, it is vital that your remote workspace is a positive environment to ensure concentration and productivity. By designating a space to use exclusively for work, you can maintain a separation between time spent at work and time spent relaxing after hours.
Exercise is essential for managing stress and maintaining our menta wellbeing. Staying active can provide a distraction from stressed or anxious thoughts and improve our mood. Whether its going to the gym or out for a run, leaving the house at lunchtime or after work can be a great way to prevent your midweek slump.
It’s also easy to stay active from home too! Bodyweight exercises require no equipment, as they simply use your own body to enhance your workout. Yoga and Pilates can be a great way to exercise while also relaxing by practicing breathing exercise and stretching. Try making a playlist of your favourite songs to really boost your mood and make your workout the highlight of your day.
While it’s important to stay in contact with friends and family through your phone, it can be easy to endlessly scroll through social media. While it is important to stay up to date with current events, continually reading negative news articles, known as ‘doom scrolling’, can be harmful. Many articles can often be sensationalist, and continually reading negative media can raise your stress and anxiety levels and be detrimental to your mental wellbeing. To manage this, monitor and limit how much time you spend reading news articles or social media. Don’t be afraid to switch your phone off for a while. It is important to have alone time, and this can help you to feel more balanced and focus on yourself.
An easy way to control stress is to practice calming breathing. Controlling your breath helps the body to relax and prevents hyperventilation, which the body associated with anxiety and panic attacks. This can be used at any time, whether its during a stressful workday or after finishing to unwind for the evening.
When practising breathing, ensure you are in a relaxing environment without noise or potential distractions. Sitting comfortably, drop your shoulders into a naturally relaxed position, so your lungs can fully expand. Then gently lifting your head, take 5staedy breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. Continue this until your body and mind feel at ease.
Stay In Contact
It may seem obvious, but talking to your friends and loved ones is the easiest way to instantly improve your mood. When anxious, upset or stressed, talking to someone else about how you feel can prevent your mind from running in circles. This breaks the cycle of your thoughts and resets your positive mood. This can help to give you a fresh perspective, which can prevent over-thinking and anxieties. Face-to-face video calls can be a great way to feel connected to your loves ones and reminds us that we are not alone.