Stress of mental health whilst working remotely through a pandemic.
Posted on Monday, August 9, 2021 by Joey Dennerly — 3 comments
At first, working from home sounded like the dream, waking up 5 minutes before work starts, wearing your pyjamas all day and eating fast food for lunch. But as time has gone on we know it is tough to stay motivated and look after your wellbeing. Here at Nova Search, we have some tips that might help!
- Create the best work environment for yourself
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a dedicated home office. If you can try and set up a place with a lot of natural light, it can be easy to forget how a regular dose of vitamin D from the sun can affect your mood. Ultimately, it’s all about creating a space that you can feel comfortable and productive in, maybe put some pictures up or have some plants next to you while you’re working. Also if others in the household are working from home you could work next to each other so it brings back the being in the office feeling.
- Communicate with colleagues
Communicating with colleagues over Zoom, Skype or Facetime can help avoiding loneliness. This will also help you solve any work problems out quicker than waiting for an email back. If you are a manager maybe schedule a group Zoom call once a week to see how everyone is doing during this tough time.
- Stay active/exercise
Staying active and exercising can reduce stress and anxiety, it can also play a role in improving the quality of life of people experiencing mental health problems. Try and do some sort of exercise once a day, you can go for a walk, do stretches/yoga, clean the house, anything that you think might help you stay active and relieve stress.
- Separate work and home life
With not having to travel to work it is easy to get trapped into your work e.g. working longer hours or stretching out tasks. It is so important to import boundaries between your work and home life, some options are:
- Stick to a start and end schedule for the day
- Try to get out of the house once a day
- Take regular breaks throughout the day
- Try to switch off in the even and not read emails and messages if possible
- Be honest with your employer about your mental health
Do not be afraid to raise concerns to your employer if you are having a problem, if you are feeling overwhelmed and need a day off don’t be afraid to seek the appropriate support. If you are the manager it is important to:
- Show empathy at all times
- Ask the right questions
- Encourage openness about mental health
- Encourage taking the day off
- Promote self-care
Improving your mental health whilst working from home is so important! If you are struggling, talk to someone you can trust, speak to your doctor or find a mental health professional. You are not alone, remember, tomorrow is always a fresh start.
Hopefully these tips can help you protect your mental health during this tough time!