During the lockdown, most of us take care of our physical health first, forgetting about the equally important mental wellbeing. We remind ourselves to wash our hands, yet we forget about a number of other factors. Taking care of those other factors will help to maintain positive thoughts and emotional stability while working remotely.
Experts note that the lack of constant contact with colleagues causes a decrease in confidence and contributes to the fact that employees often feel like outsiders (1). Also, remote staff members feel like simply workers, not part of a team. So, how can you prevent any minor problems concerning mental health while working distantly?
Provide yourself with comfortable working conditions
Do you recall those situations when you needed to find something or accomplish a task, but were competing against pushing deadlines or someone nearby demanding your attention? Now you have to exhale. Even if you have been successful in balancing goals like those arising due to quarantine, they are the most harmful ones.
To avoid this, it is best to use the principle of minimalism. In fact, many things during the quarantine might not be urgent at all. However, they can occur in your head, both physically and psychologically. In other words, they make it difficult to concentrate.
Try to put off most tasks for the day and clean up your apartment. Put away the objects that you do not use on a daily basis. In this way, you will not get confused or distracted. Additionally, it may be useful to put stickers to indicate where something is stored, especially when it comes to business documents.
Follow a work schedule
Once you put the things around you in order, it is important to discuss certain arrangements, rules, and responsibilities with your family or those who you live with. Be patient and accept that people around you will not always accept these changes. The schedule will help you spend less time on unnecessary planning or fuss. The sense of discipline and self-organization will start developing as soon as you begin to follow common rules. Mind these tips when creating a plan:
● Do not wait for the moment to start building the daily routine, start right now
● Refrain from abstract plans, make specific ones instead
● Do not make unattainable plans
● Remember that under the influence of external circumstances, even a well-
designed plan can be subject to change
You should start with simple things, such as a daily routine that includes wake-up time, specific time for morning hygiene, physical activity, cooking and having breakfast together, then time for studying and working, and other things up until noon. In this way, you will not go nuts with the question of “How can I catch up with everything?” Creating a plan will contribute to your wellbeing in terms of eliminating anxiety and panic.
Take up a new hobby
I believe every person must have a hobby. In the quarantine conditions (2), you have the opportunity to try something new. Reserve a place in your schedule for classes you have had no time for previously. It should be something that brings in positive emotions and adds some new experience. Nowadays, the SEO field is going viral. Try to get new knowledge in this field. “You can become an SEO expert while reading our blog: SEO research, SEO tools, SEO experiments, free PDF reports,” says Ben Grant, a writer and marketing manager at Links Management. That is, by staying at home, you acquire new skills that can enlighten you.
Build healthy boundaries
Many remote staff members have begun to take on more work because they do not feel the boundaries of working time. There is such a thing as psychological boundaries. In order to remain in good health, a person should define their boundaries towards those who are around them. In the working process, it is also important to apply this technique.
Slow down the pace of work
The reaction of our psyche to the current situation (3) can be traced in the following scheme. First goes the concentration, then the acceleration of work and the amount of work done compared to the usual pace, and, ultimately, exhaustion – a slowdown. This is a normal process. Allow yourself to do something not in a day but in two, not in a week but in three weeks. Ask yourself if this business is really THAT urgent.
Take care of your body
It is a no-brainer that we should treat and appreciate our bodies properly. Physical activity is highly important on these lockdown days. Now, you can’t go to the gym anymore, so do not deprive yourself of doing any exercise at home. Instead, do at least a five-minute workout. Alternatively, if you can not spare even a couple of minutes, do the minimum. Draw a couple of doodles with a pencil, then wave around with your hands, roll over, get up, sit down, do a stretch, and so on.
Give yourself a break
Working distantly does not mean that you should be constantly overloaded with errands. It means that at any moment you can take your time and kick back. That is, give your eyes and ears a break from digital devices. Let your brain switch to other tasks. Look at objects and things from the real world. Look out the window. Listen to some music that doesn’t contain lyrics. Read a couple of pages of a book or magazine.
Stay in touch
Currently, socialization is a primary issue. To feel well, you often need to talk to someone. You can notice that ways of communication these days has become a lot easier. Now, getting dressed up and meeting people in real life isn’t the norm, but we have options. Use video calls to get all of your friends together. Besides, it is also important not to lose your bond with family. No doubt, they need your calls or you can send them care packages with a courier, and support them in every way.
In these dark times, it is highly necessary not to sleep on your mental health. To keep yourself in high spirits, mind your well-being by managing your life while working from home. Create a plan, take care of yourself, and do not overload yourself with a lot of errands.
Marie Barnes is Marketing Communication Manager at LinksManagement and a writer for gearyoda. She is an enthusiastic blogger interested in writing about technology, social media, work, travel, lifestyle, and current affairs.
Edited by Storm Hughes, Acacia Marketing + Content Creator
(1) Eisenhauer, T. (2015, November 08). Why lack of communication has become the number one reason people quit. Retrieved September 02, 2020, from https://thenextweb.com/insider/2015/11/08/why-lack-of-communication-has-become-the-number-one-reason-people-quit/
(2) Braverman, B. (2020, May 18). The coronavirus is taking a huge toll on workers’ mental health across America. Retrieved July 09, 2020, from https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/06/coronavirus-is-taking-a-toll-on-workers-mental-health-across-america.html
(3) Staglin, G. (2020, May 14). When Home Becomes The Workplace: Mental Health And Remote Work. Retrieved July 09, 2020, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/onemind/2020/03/17/when-home-becomes-the-workplace-mental-health-and-remote-work/