Quarantine and Work From Home!!!
With the most unfortunate outbreak of COVID-19, people around the globe are working from home. While companies are trying to maintain a workflow the employees are losing the work-life balance. Here’s how to maintain your mental health while maintaining work from home in quarantine.
Highlights! Tips to keep you sane while working from home
- The psychological effects of Working From Home
- Isolation and Loneliness
- Stress, Anxiety and Pressure
- How To Take Care of Your Mental Health
Let’s get this straight you are not working from home you are at home during a crisis trying to work!
Living in the times of a pandemic can be stressful enough adding a 24*7 work schedule is killing most of us. The fear and stress coupled with work-life balance is taking a toll on people. “Fear right now is just rampant because of the unknown,” clinical psychologist Lori Whatley, PhD told Fast Company.
The Psychological Effects of Working From Home
Isolation and Loneliness
No matter how much you bypass your distracting co-workers. You miss the ‘water cooler’ and ‘smoke breaks’ spent chatting away some of the stress. Slack or video conferencing doesn’t leave room for camaraderie.
Watch: The psychological Impacts of Quarantine
Stress, Anxiety and Pressure
It’s a 24*7 hustle when you are working from home. The pressure to create and deliver can sometimes get you squeezing work in the odd hours. Working from home means time management, taking care of the elderly of younger ones, taking care of yourself while maintaining the workflow.
There are many underlying reasons that can cause depression and while you wouldn’t know these are the warning signs that you should look out for.
- Increased cravings for food
- Anxiety, agitation, and restlessness
- Sleep disturbances, including insomnia and sleeping too much
- Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
- Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions, and remembering things
How To Take Care of Your Mental Health
First thing first, ACCEPT that ‘It’s OKAY to be Not OKAY, Okay?
Give yourself some credit to get up and start working regardless.
Know Thyself and Thy Work from Home Weaknesses
Are you distractible? Then find a dedicated spot to work from in your home. If you are slow at home, time yourself. If you are unclear about a task ask for help.
If you don’t get up from one spot while working, set alarms, take a break. The best way to help yourself is by noticing your own patterns and habits. Work on them.
Get Some Lovin’
Talk to your loved ones constantly. Talk to your co-workers about non-work related stuff. In isolation there can be days when you are not talking to someone and thoughts can often grip us. Let them out. Go to the terrace or balcony for some fresh air.
Dedicate some time to the activities you enjoy like gardening, listening to music, reading, cooking, hunting a Pokemon or dinosaur. These activities give you a break from the regular work-related thought patterns you have.
Discover Your Productive Periods
While working from you can lose the count of hours or end up blurring the boundaries between life and work. So, find your productive hours and use them. Late night is your peaceful time? Use it. Early-bird, take a flight at that time.
Find your hours and stick to them.
Watch: How to Achieve Work-Life Balance
Make a Schedule
While you are not in a hurry to get up and go to the office. It’s still wise to follow a schedule. Some researches have found that not working in your PJ’s help. So if that works for you, get up and get dressed before you start your work.
Update a to-do list, set your tasks for the day. Make a list and check out each task. Sometimes it is okay not to do something too.
How Much Is Too Much
Going fully remote is new for companies and employees as well. So communicate your managers and colleagues. Find out each other’s timeline, figure out a way to set clear targets.
It’s always wise to have pragmatic conversations as to how much productivity can be achieved from home.
Do keep a check on your mental health while you work from home in quarantine and take care!