Work From Home: How To Stay Focused, Happy, and Mentally Healthy
In light of the coronavirus pandemic – many of us are working from home. In fact, many of us contemplate careers from there!
And working from home (long-term) seems like a good goal to strive for. After all, you’re in control of your schedule, work hours, and rates. Plus, as the research shows, your productivity levels go up (source)!
However, there are problems that develop when you work from home. Because doing so puts you at higher risks of mental health issues!
This is article will break down those problems and look at the causes of miserable emotional/mental states, and how to resolve them!
The TWO Causes of Misery When Working From Home.
Working from home means being away from people (most of the time).
You’re alone with your thoughts. And, you’re not in an environment with a vibrant emotional atmosphere.
And while that peace and quiet is good for productivity, over the long-run, you’ll feel a drop in your energy levels.
Second Reason – Lone Responsibility.
As someone who works from home, you’re likely shouldering all the responsibilities of your work.
This includes the pricing strategy, customer service, customer complaints, and also the level of sales you get.
Plus, there’s the workload to manage. You need to define how much you can manage in a certain timeframe.
This can get too much for some people. Many individuals have horrible managerial skills, and they feel it best to outsource specific jobs.
You might be one of those people. And the result is an increase in your stress levels, and a drop in your ability to focus.
The Consequences of a Miserable “Working From Home” Experience
You’ll end up experiencing burnout.
Burnout may present itself in a multitude of forms. One would be “mental fogginess,” or the inability to think and process your tasks.
Another is excessive zoning out, where you might end up constantly delaying your assignments past promised deadlines.
A third consequence is addiction. Your mental health might reflect in your body through bad consumption habits (such as eating/drinking too much, or other habits such as smoking).
So what can you do to reduce the previous mental health issues? You can follow the routine below as a basic guide!
Routines for Mental Health Wellness
The first step is to get some sun.
Schedule an hour of the day where you venture outdoors in your immediate area and away from others outside your home.
Now, this might be difficult in the current global situation. But, in the long-run, this is a good practice to adopt!
Try to Socialize From Home
If you feel the need for human contact, you can always start a video call with a group of your co-workers!
In fact, you can take this a step further. You can try to mimic the environment of a public workplace with headphones and a side screen!
Workout and Stretch.
Try to stretch on an hourly basis, as a way to relieve muscular tension (and relax your mind).
If possible, you can try gym workouts (or if you can’t go to one, simply try home bodyweight exercises).
Make Your Office Comfortable.
Try to ensure that your office is well-equipped to handle long work hours. The ideal office should have a comfortable chair (with support for your arms and neck).
Also, your desk should be wide enough for your computer, and a variety of different gadgets!
Set a Comfortable Schedule.
One of the pros of working from home is that you get a “good” work-life balance (source).
Don’t work in marathons. Divide your work into small portions, and work consistently throughout the day, while taking frequent breaks.
You can keep those breaks long too! It’ll give you the chance to relax and unwind after every work hour!