I don’t know about you, but the idea of working from home always seemed really rather appealing to me. I travel at least an hour to work, so I could save money and time from staying at home, and well, there’s a tv, sofa and my own personal supply of chocolate.
And yet, like so many others, I have been asked to work from home during the unprecedented corona outbreak across the UK. And as I reach the first weekend after working at home all week, I feel….deflated, bleak and well, lonely AF.
Yep, we are all feeling how working from home can quickly impact our mental state and our enthusiasm towards pretty much anything. I don’t want to cook, tv is boring ( and I even mean Netflix! ), and there’s only so many times I can call my colleagues, family or my mum – sorry mum!
Having said that, there is certainly a growing community of us all having to WorkFromHome and stay isolated. Which is great, because we are NOT alone! But before we all head into another week of working from our new office *cough sofa* , here’s somethings we should all do next week to try and keep spirits and out mental health in check.
Keep to a routine
We might not have a train to catch, tube to jump on or a lengthy drive to the office, keeping your usual routine will help. Keep it in place and use those extra minutes to prepare your new work space. This will massively help when we all have to eventually head back to the office too.
I haven’t had a hugely productive day when I have been in my pjs. I would hugely recommend getting dressed, even if its to trackies and a jumper. This will massively help your mindset and hopefully pull you from the ‘let’s just lounge and be sleepy’ mindset.
Do NOT work from bed
It’s mainly a comfy space to sleep in, so being hunched over your work laptop quickly becomes uncomfy. PLUS, It doesn’t help with your mental attitude towards being productive nor wanting to bog down and crack on. Keep your work to you dining table or office space if you can.
Check in with colleagues
You will no doubt be missing the chit chats, catch ups and banter you usually have over the kettle. And whilst it won’t be a 100% the same, be sure to check in with your colleagues often. Creating Whattsapp groups and team video calls frequently can help you feel in touch with your work family, and keep spirits high for the whole team.
Take a walk often
Whilst we are being advised not to leave our homes, it’s pretty important for our mental state to get out and breath in some fresh air. Head to open spaces, and keep your social distancing in mind, but heading for a quick walk around the block, park or estate can quickly elevate stress and offer some time to clear your mind.
Get a good Playlist
Upbeat, pumpy music can quickly boost your mood and with a quick dance, get your endorphins running. Play music where possible and switch off those moody, solemn tunes – sorry Adele. We only want upbeat, jovial music during this time.
It can be really hard working from home, especially when the world seems so crazy outside. There are so many of us doing the same, as well as those less fortunate who aren’t able to, working to keep us all safe and healthy, as well as those being asked to go unpaid!
Keep each other in mind and look after one another. Hoping you all stay safe and well.