There’s a number of common problems people encounter when they first begin working from home. If you’re struggling with burnout, stress, or keeping productive, read on for some advice from the Life Resolutions team.
Maintain Your Boundaries
Working from home means no long commutes, but this can sometimes come at the expense of your peace of mind. If you’re regularly answering emails at 9pm, or up early every morning to get that last bit of work done, you’ll know that being always ‘on-call’ just isn’t sustainable.
Try turning off your phone after work hours, and don’t check your emails before bed. Creating a separation between home and work helps prevent burnout and makes you more productive in the long run.
Reduce Work Stress
Sometimes, working from home can make you feel like you just never get a break. Try creating a dedicated work area, whether it’s your home office or kitchen table, and keep your work activities there – and there only!
You can also try dedicating some time to unwinding after work by engaging in a hobby you enjoy. Whether it be exercise, crafts, or cooking, spending some time with your mind away from work helps reduce stress.
If you’re struggling with procrastination, don’t be too hard on yourself. Transitioning to working from home can be a big adjustment, and you may need to create some new strategies to make the most of your work environment.
Try setting goals at the beginning of the day and check them off as they are completed to help you stay motivated. Remember to also take frequent breaks, especially if you find yourself just staring at your computer screen rather than working.
Advice and Support from the Life Resolutions Team
If you’re struggling with stress, burnout, or other work-related mental health issues, the Life Resolutions team is here to lend a hand. Contact us for supportive, experienced counselling for stress and anxiety, and know that you’re well on your way to better mental health. You can also check out our website to learn more about the Life Resolutions psychology franchise and our friendly team.