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Working at Home: When the Going Gets Tough, What Do You Do?

Working at Home: When the Going Gets Tough, What Do You Do?

‘When the going gets tough, the tough get going.’

In the middle of a global health crisis and social unrest in most parts of the globe, the admittedly overused quote reminds you to persevere and find ways to come out stronger. That is particularly challenging when you’ve been stuck at home for months to prevent getting infected by the coronavirus.

Working from home might have doubled your coffee consumption to stay alert for Zoom calls and all-nighters. You might be lathering on an extra pump of hair loss shampoo to make up for all the times you frustratingly pull on your own hair throughout the day because of seemingly never-ending tasks.

It’s a tough situation. But it won’t go away by deciding to toughen up your exterior and focus on what you need to do. You might find it even more stressful when you keep blinders on and disregard self-care.

The lines of work-life balance might be blurred now that you’re working at home for an extended period. And the best way you can reconstruct and sharpen those lines is by being strict with yourself.

Take a look at these ways to make space between your work and personal lives at home.

Set a work schedule and stick to it.        

One of the best things about working at the office is that you’re free once your eight hours are done. When you work from home, on the other hand, it might feel like your workday never ends.

Observe your work patterns to determine your most productive hours. Work during those hours, shut down your computer when your shift is done, and turn it into a routine. Stick to this schedule to maintain that same level of freedom that you used to feel in the office whenever you clock out.

Stay connected but limit social media.   

Social isolation is one of the worst enemies when you work at home, especially now that the coronavirus situation is forcing us to stay at home and away from social gatherings.

It’s easy to lose energy and enthusiasm when you feel alone, so make time for regular video calls or text messaging with your closest family and friends. Just be mindful of social media usage. Too much time online tends to make you lose focus on your work.

Never sacrifice your sleep hours.

You might think it’s okay to stay up late every night because you don’t have to get up extra early to prepare for work. But the next thing you know, it’s 3 AM, and your shift starts in five hours.

Irregular sleep patterns affect your concentration and productivity throughout the day. You might not feel it, but your body is struggling to keep you moving, and your mind is working overtime to keep you awake. So be mindful of those sleep hours and be strict with bedtime.

The novelty of working from home wore out a couple of months ago. Now you’re faced with stressors like the lack of structure, blurred boundaries between work and leisure hours, and social isolation. These tips help you manage the stress of working at home. Be strict with yourself to be productive.

So when the going gets tough, don’t hesitate to toughen up.

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Health Tips For People That Work From Home

Health Tips For People That Work From Home

More people than ever now work from home, and it really can be a dream situation. No long commute, no annoying colleagues and even less sick days where you’re exposed to less people’s germs. But there are some downsides, and there are a few things to bear in mind when it comes to looking after your mental and physical health. Here are some examples. 

Get a proper desk and computer chair

When you work from home, it’s tempting to sit on your bed typing away or slouched on the sofa. But this isn’t good for your posture, especially over the long term. Set yourself up with a proper office space, buy a desk and a chair that allows you to sit comfortably for many hours and provides your back and neck with support. If you’re already experiencing pain, consider a chiropractor for lower back pain or look into massage therapy. Once you’re recovered, take steps to prevent pain from occurring again by sitting properly to do your work. 

Get outside every day

When you work outside of your home, you of course have to leave the house to get to your workplace. However, when your work is also where you live, it’s easy to fall into a routine where most days you don’t even go out. This can be bad for both mental and physical health and is definitely something to be aware of if you work from home. Something as simple as taking your dog for a walk every lunchtime or getting out to the gym, pool or park a few times a week can be really useful. Combining exercise with getting out of the house kills two birds with one stone, you’re looking after both your mental and physical health. 

Socialise

When you have a traditional workplace such as an office or shop, you’re surrounded by work colleagues each day. Even if these aren’t your closest friends, you’re still interacting with people on a daily basis which is good for your brain. Working from home generally means working alone which can be a little lonely over time. Make an effort to meet with friends, say yes to social opportunities when they come up and if you have the chance to socialise- take it. It’s even more important to do so when you’ve spent most of your week by yourself.

How do you you take care of your health as a home based worker?

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