Are you struggling with the change of pace when working from home?
With the global pandemic, you won’t be the only one. There’s the lack of routine, the isolation from our usual coworkers, and the distraction of our soft, cozy couch.
Here’s five handy tips to make the transition as easy as possible:
- Procrastinating? Give your brain a break!
When facing your laptop all day, stuck in the same position, the blood supply to your brain will be compromised. If you have time for toilet breaks, you have time to give your brain new input. Reading a page of a book, cuddling your pets, or journalling; all of these will leave you refreshed once you come back to work. You might also want to try some meditation using the RAIN technique.
- Aching? Get the blood flowing!
If you’re not used to working from home, your setup will likely not be perfect for sitting down on a screen. When your legs fall asleep, your fingers cramp and your neck stiffens, try some quick yoga! You likely won’t sweat, and the stretches will alleviate any pain. Yoga with Adriene has some great videos to follow.
- Fed up? Treat your senses!
Without leaving the house, there’s limited sensual input, and it’s easy to get cabin fever. I like creating some art to engage my senses, which can also help with processing trapped emotions. Here’s a blog post I wrote about it. You can do a little at a time, using whatever you have at home, so you don’t have to go out to get supplies. Your brain will thank you!
- Sleepy? Get some fresh air!
Even with the panic going on, it is completely safe to go outside to catch some air. You can go for a quick run or walk, or simply sit in a nearby park to soak up some vitamin D. Anybody would go mad sitting inside all day, and we shouldn’t let fear mongering keep us from going outside. Also, this is a great way to boost your immune system so there’s that if your boss complains!
- Remember, you’re doing great!
Don’t be too hard on yourself, nobody should expect you to work without breaks from 9-5. It will take time time to adjust to the new routine, and it’s completely normal to feel you’re not doing enough. Truth is, you are! The very fact you’re worrying about not working hard enough means you definitely are. Just remember to take some breaks!