Double tap if you can picture yourself here after a long work day!
I’m so incredibly lucky to call this my backyard, and with the help of our recent patio furniture score from @mybobs I know we’ll be spending lots of time out here this summer! I’m especially looking forward to heading out here with a drink in hand after my days of working from home, which will likely extend through the end of summer. If these work from home days seem long to you, you’re onto something. Studies show that people who have adapted to a remote work environment are even more stressed than if they were heading into the office every day. I myself felt this way when I first started working from home. The main reason for this? It’s much more difficult to separate work and life when work invades your home. Normally, getting into my car at the end of the day helps me shift out of work mode, but that’s not currently an option for me. Here are some things I’ve done to help manage my stress during this time.
Healthy work from home tips:
1. Physical separation is key! I leave my laptop and other work items in my office in the basement. This is separate from where we do our primary “living”, which is on our main floor. When I’m done working for the day, I’m still able to “commute” up the stairs and leave my work behind for the evening.
2. Try to exercise 30 minutes per day. Bonus points if you can get outside!
3. Give yourself a 30 minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks for an 8 hour work day. Again, try to physically separate yourself from your work. Make your food in the kitchen, read a book on the couch, etc. until it’s time to head back to your computer.
4. Only answer/respond to work related calls/texts/etc. during work hours.
5. Minimize screen time after the work day is over. You’ve just spent 8 hours in front of a computer. Instead of transitioning straight to the tv or scrolling your phone, try to get outside, do a puzzle, read, work on a home project, etc.
6. If you’re really feeling stressed, reach out to your supervisor or HR. This is uncharted territory for everyone and we are all here to support each other. - 6 hours ago