You may have been working from home for nearly three months now. Many will continue to work remotely, even after the Stay-At-Home order is lifted. Businesses may partially reopen in the weeks to months ahead while minimizing staff contact to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19.
This is a marathon, not a sprint.
Maintaining some semblance of a work-life balance while staying mentally and physically healthy comes with many challenges — whether it’s a dog that interrupts a meeting to see if you want to go on another walk or a bored 5-year-old begging to play Lightning McQueen. At times, finding your equilibrium within this “new normal” may feel nearly impossible.
Here are some tips for Stay-At-Home success, with ideas for parents below:
1. Maintain a routine
Set a schedule including the hours you will be available for work and when you will not. Set your status to away if possible so coworkers can see you are no longer working when you aren’t on the clock anymore.
Try to keep your morning routine as similar to your previous schedule as possible; get up and make coffee, eat breakfast, and consider setting aside some time to meditate or do yoga before stating work.
2. Help your surrounding set you up for success
Create a home work area that is free from distractions. It should not be an area your brain associates with relaxation or fun, such as the couch or your bed.
If your partner is also working from home: try to work as far apart as possible, use headphones to reduce noise, and try to stagger calls so you aren’t both talking at the same time in different Zoom meetings.
3. Stay informed, but set limits for yourself on media exposure
Get information from trusted sources.
If reading or watching the news is making you feel anxious or depressed, take a break.
4. Keep in touch with friends and family
Play cards with elderly relatives over Zoom or Skype. Make an effort to reach out virtually to those who may be especially socially isolated.
5. Practice Self-Care
Try to get a little outdoors time in. Sure, it may not be quite the same with a mask, but a quick walk around the block to get some fresh air can be good for your mental health.
Set goals to motivate yourself to exercise regularly and track your progress.
Have some fun.
6. Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
For more information and tips for managing stress during COVID-19, see: https://files.covid19.ca.gov/pdf/wp/california-surgeon-general_stress-busting-playbook_draft-v2clean_ada-04072020.pdf
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