Working from home is a dream come true for many, while some know it’s just not for them. Either way, spending so much time at home will impact sanity eventually. After several years of staying at home and battling the roller coaster of issues that come with working from home, I think it’s an appropriate time to share some personal practices that get me through the day.
1. Get Ready
If you have the “I don’t want to’s,” this one is for you. Having to carry out regular school and work duties from behind the computer screen for the next few weeks can be tricky. I mean let’s face it… You could be binge watching your favorite show right now, catching up on cleaning the house, or a million other things that have nothing to do with work. It’s super tempting to coast it out, but more than likely you’ll return to chaos at the office once the world falls back into order.
Though I have no right to preach this because I’m all about comfy clothes when I’m home, get ready anyway! Fix your hair, put on your makeup and pull out the slacks. If you feel ready to work, you will work. If you must, drive a circle around your block and walk into your house just like it’s the office. Weird? Yes. Effective? YES!
2. Go Outside
Don’t be a vampire. You need vitamin D for your health and sanity. Get out of your head and spiraling thoughts and soak up that sun. And if it’s raining, then go smell the rain. It’s the perfect setting to peacefully meditate.
3. Be Active
Have you kept up with your resolutions? That’s okay, me neither. We shall begin again! In between tasks and completed projects, I do a little workout. It doesn’t have to be crazy, just do something. A line of lunges, 10 squats, a couple of push ups. And if you can, stand up while you work.
4. Call Someone
Nothing beats human connection. And nothing is more important than maintaining relationships, especially right now. It’s the perfect time to check in with those you haven’t spoken to in a while. Oh, and your two-year-old doesn’t count.You need adult conversation.
5. Remember to Eat
The most important tip of all is to remember to eat. It’s far easier to lose all sense of time when you’re at home doing your thing. Remember to take an actual lunch break just like you would if you were out and about. And I don’t mean lounging food either! Feed your body and mind healthy energy.
Working from home sounds like paradise, but it’s harder than one might think. Good luck to everybody entering this realm for the first time and stay healthy - physically and mentally!