5 Tips to Ease Stress When Working from Home
With the ongoing pandemic, many Americans find themselves working from home. Initially, this may seem like a dream come true – working within the comfort of your own home, in your PJs, and eating food from your kitchen! But the reality is, working from home can also bring a different kind of stress.
This is what many people realize after weeks of this new work setup. For households with kids, having the kids at home can be an added stressor.
If working from home is stressing you out, here are some tips to help you ease the stress:
- Have a routine.
One of the biggest stressors of working from home is finding that balance between work and home life. You can remedy this and consequently, lower down your stress level by creating a routine and sticking to it.
- Step away from what you’re doing.
If the stress from work is affecting your productivity, it can help to step away from what you’re doing. You don’t have to be away for too long. Sometimes, a mini-break is all you need to clear up your mind and get back to being productive again.
- Move more.
When you’re working from home, you may feel like you would want to sit on your desk all day. But that isn’t healthy. Both your physical and mental health would suffer from being sedentary.
You don’t have to be intense with your physical activities. Even just a mild stretching session in-between breaks or when you’re feeling overwhelmed can already make a difference.
- Change your environment.
With social distancing, it can be tricky to leave your house for a quick stress relief. If this is your situation, you can still change your surroundings by moving to a different room, taking for a quick walk (if it’s possible), or adding plants in your work area. Studies have shown that adding some form of greenery in your work area can have positive effects on employees.
- Seek support.
Self-isolation is good for preventing the spread of COVID-19 but it can affect one’s mental health. If you’re feeling down and stressed or just want to vent out, call or text a friend. You’ll be surprised how this simple gesture can make a difference in your mood.
This is a challenging time both physically and mentally. While there are things we don’t have control of, there are areas, like our stress level, that we can do something about.
If these tips don’t work, then talking to a therapist may help you out.
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