Homeworking is here, and it’s here to stay. For many people, that’s a reason to celebrate. Finally, they have the freedom and independence to make decisions about their workload that positively affect their life outside of the office. Bosses have controlled this aspect of life for far too long. The good news is, Covid-19 has forced us to reevaluate the way we look at institutions.
Of course, this isn’t healthy for everyone. For you, a person who battles with their mental health, being stuck in the house can lead to depression. The key is to prevent the triggers from getting on top of you, yet how can you do it during a global pandemic?
Learn About Your Triggers
First of all, it’s essential to learn about general triggers to increase your awareness of the problems. Health education is an excellent place to begin as it teaches you how to positively influence your behavior. Still, being general isn’t enough. You need to get specific. This involved watching out for the triggers that apply to you, not anyone else. For instance, not exercising might lead to intense feelings of suffocation. In that case, it’s vital to work out whenever it seems as if your emotions are becoming too much to handle.
Be Kind To Yourself
The vast majority of people aren’t working to their full capacities right now because there is a global health crisis taking over the world. Until it ends and life returns to a semblance of normality, you’ll always feel as if you’re swimming against the tide. Apart from finding ways to combat the sensation, you should remember to be kind to yourself. Being your harshest critic won’t help your brain. Also, it’s not realistic. If you don’t struggle during an unprecedented moment in human history, you’ll never be challenged again. You know that’s not true, so you should be open to the fact you’re allowed to be off-color.
Reach Out To Coworkers
All you want is something to break the monotony of the same routine. Although you have a routine in normal times, it’s not as rigid as the one you perform daily. After all, at the office, you talk to colleagues, laugh and joke, and go out for lunch or after-work drinks to blow off steam. None of those things are happening currently, which is why you are being ground down. Connect with coworkers beyond business – a virtual coffee date is ideal – will allow you to stay on an even keel.
Refresh Your Office
You can’t move offices like a freelancer typically would. If you could, you’d be in a quiet-yet-atmospheric coffee shop. But, you can make small tweaks to your home office to prevent it from getting stale. Introducing houseplants will ensure there is more oxygen and less carbon dioxide, for example. With a steady stream of O2, your brain should have the fuel it needs to stay motivated and productive throughout your workday.
When your triggers strike, you must be proactive. What are your go-to moves?