Working from home with Mary Magalotti
COVID-19 has resulted in fundamental and sometimes challenging changes to the lives of people across Australia and around the world. Many people have moved to working from home, while the daily tasks of life continue. COVID-19 has also brought on several new challenges, including anxieties around health, decreasing employment security, the difficulties of home-schooling and loneliness. As such, there has never been a more important time to prioritise your mental wellbeing. Creating boundaries while working from home can assist greatly in facing the new challenges this pandemic has wrought upon us.
Why are Boundaries so Important when Working from Home?
Working from home changes the normal structure of a day at work. For some, it is easier than ever to start work early in the mornings, skip lunch and continue late into the night. Conversely, others may struggle increasingly with motivation and find themselves procrastinating throughout the day, resulting and stress and panic later.
Because all of us are spending less time eating out with friends, seeing extended family, and enjoying time outdoors, it can be easy to fill the extra time with more and more work commitments. Unfortunately, managers and co-workers may take advantage of this, believing that we must spend all this spare time on work. This can be very detrimental to our mental health – it is easy to forget to spend time doing things we enjoy, relaxing and practising self-care.
Tips on Creating Boundaries
The team at Life Resolutions are also working from home during these unprecedented times, and we know how difficult it can be. Therefore, we have put together a few tips and tricks to make the most of this new and sometimes challenging situation.
- Set a schedule and stick to it –Waking up at a set time every day can do wonders for our mental health, as can working consistent hours. A regular schedule helps you stay on task during the day and relax when work is over. Letting your manager and colleagues know when you start and finish work, as well as when you will be having a break for lunch, can help maintain a separation between work and ‘me-time’.
- Create a daily “to-do” list – Writing down the things you hope to achieve each day, both in your professional and personal life, can help you stay on task and keep you motivated. Put this list in a place you can see it and reward yourself when all your tasks are done!
- Schedule breaks – Make sure you take time to have breaks from work throughout the day, especially ensuring you get some fresh air, drink plenty of water and talk to family and friends. Overworking yourself not only decreases your productivity but also can affect your mental and physical health.
- Respect your lunch break – It is easy to forget about lunch breaks when working from home, but it’s important to continue taking that time to recharge. Try to maintain a lunch break like you would if you were still in the office – walk down the street and pick up some takeaway, take time to cook a healthy meal, schedule a Zoom chat with friends or family while you eat. This will help prevent the burnout that can occur when you work through lunch.
- Pay attention to your mental health – If you feel like you are starting to experience burnout, feelings of anxiety or depression, it is important to reach out and seek help. Our team of passionate mental health professionals are here to help you from the safety and comfort of your own home. We are currently offering Telehealth services, so if you are having any difficulty in coping with the changes the COVID-19 pandemic hasbought,contact our friendly team to book an appointmenttoday.
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