Our home spaces have recently merged into our work place, and this comes with many challenges, certainly for the socialites amongst us.
It isn’t easy, and we all need to protect ourselves mentally…
10 ways to keep yourself mentally strong when working from home:
- Stick to a schedule
When working with a team in an office it’s easy to keep to a schedule as there are no distractions and everyone has their own jobs to complete. This can be a challenge when working from home especially when there are other people around you who are not working. Try to plan out your day by completing a task each hour. This should help keep your mind tidy and help you focus on what is most important.
- Balance home tasks with work tasks
A common issue when working from home is that you try to complete all work tasks so you can spend the rest of your day doing home tasks. Doing this makes your work less enjoyable and often you are not as productive because you are in a rush. Why not complete some work tasks and some home life tasks in between?
Balancing this will make your day easier and help manage your time better.
- Take breaks
It’s easy to avoid having a break when working from home. Eating lunch at your laptop and ploughing through emails is something we all do but need to stop. Trying to avoid your workspace and doing something different or moving to a different room will keep your brain active, this will instantly make you more productive when returning to the computer screen.
- Set your own goals
We can often feel like we have achieved nothing at the end of the day, but did we set ourselves a goal to achieve in the first place? Whether this be organising your wardrobe or sorting through emails set the goal daily.
This will help you keep positive about whatever you spent your time doing and feel proud of whatever you achieved or managed to complete.
- Spend time with other people
Speaking to your work colleagues daily about the same jobs, tasks and emails can be draining. Create conversations that will get you thinking, play a game with your family, or even call an old friend. Zoom, Facetime, Houseparty – all are on hand to ensure you still get face to face contact.
- Be confident
Confidence is key to a strong mind set. Keep telling yourself that you can complete certain tasks and you that you believe in yourself. This is such a small step that will make the world of difference.
Be proud of what you know and what you have achieved.
- Find motivation
We all have something that makes us want to work hard and do more. Find that and use it. Play your favourite songs, revisit an old book that made you motivated or find a motivational quote.
This will keep you focused and give you a reason to complete certain tasks.
- Ask for help
It’s easier said than done to ask for help. We all want to be able to do things by our own but sometimes we need help. Don’t be afraid to ask your family or friends to do some jobs that you simply won’t have time for. It’s important to give yourself a break and to free up your own time.
- Value yourself
Stop self-criticizing. Do things to better yourself, learn a new dance or a new skill. Focus on the things you love about yourself; it’ll help your positivity. Know that you are the best version of you that you can be.
- Help others
Offer your existing skills to others, and offer to learn new things. There is no harm in trying to assist your family and friends with something you have no idea how to do, it will free up their time and help use your time wisely. Helping others around you will keep your home happy!