It’s no secret that Covid-19 has had some major impacts on the ways we go about our daily lives, from shopping and dining, to work and school. In our last post we covered virtual learning, and how to make it an easier experience for both the parents and the students. Now, we’re covering how working from home can affect your mental health and well-being, and some steps you can take to ensure you stay happy and healthy while working from home.
- Separate your work space from your home space
• Working from the same place that you spend your free time may cause you to associate that space with work even when you’re off the clock, which can be a factor in causing work burnout.
- Create and stick to set working hours
• When you have no set time to log off from work, it can become very easy to just work until the work is done, whether that’s 6PM, 10PM, or even into the early hours of the morning. For the sake of both your mental and physical health, create a set time that you log off and won’t work on anything unless it’s an emergency (an actual emergency). Create these hours and make it well-known, and make sure you’re not aquesing to requests when you’re off the clock unless it’s absolutely necessary.
- Take breaks throughout the day
• Make it a point to take little breaks throughout the day, it doesn’t have to be more than 5 minutes each time. Just a moment to go refill your coffee, get up and stretch, or grab something to eat. Being sedentary at a desk all day can be detrimental to both your mental and physical health; mentally making you feel chained to your desk (which can also add to feelings of burnout) and physically through back/neck pain.
The Mayo Clinic lists possible symptoms of burnout as:
- You’ve become cynical or critical at work
- You drag yourself to work, and have trouble getting started
- You’ve become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers, or clients
- You lack the energy to be consistently productive
- You find it hard to concentrate
- You lack satisfaction from your achievements
- You feel disillusioned about your job
- You’ve experienced a change in sleep habits
- You’re troubled by unexplained headaches, stomach problems, or other physical complaints
They also list the consequences of job burnout as such:
- Excessive stress
- Sadness, anger or irritability
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Type 2 diabetes
- Vulnerability to illnesses
If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed by the Mayo clinic, it might be time to start implementing some mindfulness techniques to bring the focus back on yourself, and your health and well-being. Using our suggestions during the work day, you can help prevent the effects of job burnout, be it the headaches from staring at your screen too long, or sleep loss from working well into the night.
*Disclaimer: We are not a medical institution, please always consult a professional before making any big changes to your current lifestyle/routine.