We face stress every day, but now that our work routines have changed due to the coronavirus crisis, more of us may be experiencing a sense of “burnout”. Working from home can be challenging at the best of times and add in isolation, strict restrictions and home-schooling, and it’s more important than ever to be mindful about work habits and behaviours.
Here are some ways to avoid stress and burnout while working from home from the home doctor experts from House Call Doctor.
It can be easy to work over-time and avoid switching off when working from home, but this can have negative effects on your mental health. Set specific hours and stick to them. It’s important to communicate these with your boss, colleagues and family members so they respect those boundaries.
Self-care is more important than ever for our mental and physical health. It doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming, so find activities that suit you and your lifestyle. Here are some suggestions:
- Make sure you eat regularly and avoid unhealthy snacking throughout the day – this will help you get the energy you need to last the day
- Get enough sleep
- Get dressed for work every day
- Read your favourite book or watch your favourite movie or TV show
- Make sure you are still getting physical activity in your routine (adhering to social distancing regulations, of course)
- Show your skin some love with a healthy skin care routine.
Set up a workspace
It can be tempting to work from the comfort of your bed or couch, but it’s important to have a separate space that is dedicated to work. Make sure you have a stable desk, good lighting and a comfortable chair to help your posture. This will also help you disconnect at the end of your workday as you move away from your desk space.
It is important to maintain connections with friends, family and colleagues during this time, to improve mental health and gain and offer support. If you are feeling stressed, reach out for help from your network to avoid burnout.