Looking After Your Mental Health whilst Working at Home
It has never been more important to look after our mental health. The unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in can leave us feeling isolated and low. We will need to adapt how we interact with others, and how we look after ourselves. It will take some time to find new ways to relax and cope with the ever-changing situation.
Trying to maintain a positive outlook in challenging times can help. We've pulled together some of the best tips for looking after your mental health, particularly whilst working from home:
- Stay connected - call colleagues or use video chat instead of emailing.
- Stay social - remember you can still have social interactions with your colleagues like you would if you were in the office. Schedule time to have a catch-up on things that are non-work-related or set aside time to organise a social activity e.g. quizzes or coffee morning.
- Be mindful - do something mindful on your lunchbreak or take short breaks throughout the day – activities such as craft, colouring, or reading, can take your mind off work and refresh your thoughts ready to start again. Mindfulness apps such as Headspace can help to relax your breathing and muscles.
- Be comfortable - make your workspace environment comfortable. Keep your desk tidy, and surround yourself with things that brighten up your work area e.g. a house plant. Try to position yourself in a room with natural light.
- Let someone know that you are struggling - share your problems/worries with someone else, a problem shared is a problem halved. Make sure you are talking to the people around you, they might be able to relieve some of your worries.
- Switch off - avoid taking phone calls or checking emails outside of office hours. This is even more important when your home is also your workspace. Try your best to switch off.
- Look ahead - whilst we might not be able to do quite so much during this difficult time, it is important to look ahead to the evenings and weekend when you can make time for yourself. That might be reading a good book, or getting outside in the garden, but give yourself something to look forward to.
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