“Wow today went by quick.” “Did I have breakfast”?
These are just some of the thoughts that we have while working from home, especially during the current social climate.
Working at home has always been something that people wanted to happen more often, until now when staying home is the only option. During this pandemic, I originally found myself waking up in my pajamas, and having snacks at my disposal while working. It sounded like the perfect mixture of ingredients to work from home. However, as time went on, I felt extreme fatigue with no sort of work- life balance. Like many, my thoughts, and actions, were solely consumed with work. Don’t get me wrong, high work performance is incredibly important, but so is our health. There were times where I would look up at the clock and realize I had been working all day. Eventually, I knew that my personal journey from working at home had to transform into one with a beneficial balance and overall well-being.
I’m sure that many of you can relate, and have even found yourself in a bit of a twilight zone since the start of working from home. We just have to remember that we are working through a pandemic. This is new territory for everyone and being gentle with ourselves is a necessity.
Here are some ways to not only prioritize self-care, but work efficiently from home all while maintaining the balance of your personal life:
Get ready as if you're going into work
This includes a healthy breakfast, shower, and get dressed. It will get your mind in work mode and remind you of your travel to work. You do not need to wear tight business professional clothing, but stay away from pajamas and loungewear.
Create a hard stop time
This is tricky depending on your line of work, but establishing a time when you mentally, and physically, step away from your work ensures that your body will get into a relaxed state. This will allow you to perform better the following day, along with avoiding burnout altogether.
Periodically take your eyes off of ALL your screens
...and do something that get you moving for a short amount of time. This can include exercising, reading a book, or washing dishes.
Prioritize your other personal interests
We all wish we had more time to accomplish our goals and now we do! Taking a small work break to work on a passion project will help you recharge and get back to work. This is only if you are able to.
Take nothing personally
With our technological reality being the norm, tones are bound to get confused via text. Remember to keep a level head and remain mindful of the person you are communicating with. They wake up on the wrong side of the bed too.
Remember that your thoughts aren't always real
...and they come from tons of weird places. Being forced to stay home plays tricks on our mind. While we should further explore some thoughts, we also have to discard others. Otherwise, they run wild and while working from home, and can affect us in unexpected ways.
Listen to your body
Your eyes, arms, legs, and everything in between. If something does not feel right, take a step back and heal before you continue.
Remember that you're not alone
We all feel lost, overwhelmed, and we are all doing the best we can.
Count your blessings!
Remember that no matter how uncomfortable working from home may be at times, millions of people have lost their jobs and are doing much worse than us.
Don’t forget to take it easy, and remain present in each moment. Life’s already a lot and we are all just trying to make the best of it. Huge thank you to our front line, essential workers!