Prior to Covid-19 pandemic, our daily routines were structured to separate both our work life and home life. Commuting to and from work by either train, bus or car helped with the transitions of our day. We would go to an office building and do our daily work responsibilities. Taking care of household responsibilities occurred when we would return home from our “normal” workday. However, the current pandemic has found a way to disrupt our “daily” routines.
To reduce the spread of the virus, many companies made the decision for most of their employees to work from home. The transition to work from home has been easier for others while it has been incredibly overwhelming for others. People have experienced issues with privacy, e-learning with children, a designated workspace, access to work resources along with experiencing depression and anxiety symptoms. Since it Is uncertain when we will return to our “daily” routines, here are a few tips to manage some of the challenges of working from home.
- Create a designated workspace that you only work in. The workspace can be a room or a sign that has your regularly scheduled work hours posted. At the end of your workday, close the door to the room or put your sign way.
- At the end of your workday, organize your workspace to be prepared for the next day. It will help with not feeling disorganized or overwhelmed.
- Be mindful of doing household chores during your “work’ hours. It reduces being distracted from your work responsibilities. While it may be comfortable to work In T-Shirts and Sweats, wearing your “normal” work clothes can help you have a better mood as well as remind yourself you are “at” work.
- Take a scheduled lunch to break up your workday. If possible, take drive to grab food or eat in a non-work area or backyard/patio.
- If possible, open windows, curtains, blinds and/or doors to help with inviting light into space. It will help with feeling less claustrophobic or confined.
- Take time to care for yourself. Go for a walk/run, exercise, try a new recipe, read a good book or start a new hobby or interest.
- Find healthy ways to engage your mind to help your brain function more efficiently.
I hope these tips can be useful to help you work from home during this difficult time. If you are experiencing an increase in depression and anxiety, please reach out and contact a licensed counselor/social worker.
Naomi Effort MA, LCPC